Mariachi is now a Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Yeah, it’s official: El Mariachi, string music, song, and trumpet just joined the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity Organization of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Sunday, November 27, 2011: Five new entries in the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

As part of its sixth session, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO met until the 29th of November at the Bali International Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia and issued a press release which announced the registration of Intangible Cultural Heritage in five countries.

Japan: The Mibu no Hana Taue ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu, Hiroshima.
Japan: Sada Shin Noh, a set of sacred dances at the Sada Shrine, Shimane.
Mali and Burkina Faso: The cultural practices and expressions related to the Balafon of the Senufo communities present in these two countries.
Mexico: El Mariachi, string music, song, and trumpet.
Portugal: fado, Portugal’s urban popular song.

El Mariachi is the banner of Mexican sentiment

The lyrics of the mariachis talk about the love of the land, the city where you live, the native religion, nature, Mexican women and the strength of the country.”

“The mariachi music conveys values ​​that promote respect for the natural heritage of the Mexican regions and local history, both Spanish and the various indigenous languages ​​in the West.

The 16 Registration 2011 to Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO (by country): 

With these five new registrations so far there are sixteen items inscribed on the Representative List 2011. 



Belgium: Leuven age set ritual repertoire.
Colombia: Traditional knowledge the Jaguars  shamans of Yurupari.
China: The Chinese shadow puppetry.
Cyprus: Tsiattista poetic dueling.
Croatia: Nijemo Kolo, the silent circle dance of the Dalmatia hinterland.
Croatia: Bećarac  practice of the singing and playing from Eastern Croatia.
Czech Republic: the Ride of the Kings in the southeast of the Czech Republic.
France: French traditional riding.
Japan: Mibu no Hana Taue ritual of transplanting rice in Mibu (Hiroshima)
Japan: Sada Shin Noh, set of sacred dances at the Sada Shrine (Shimane)
Mali and Burkina Faso: the cultural practices and expressions related to the Balafon of the Senufo communities of Mali and Burkina Faso.
Mexico: El Mariachi, string music, song, and trumpet.  
Peru: Pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the Lord of Qoyllurit’i.
Portugal: fado, Portugal’s urban popular song.
Republic of Korea: The Jultagi, tightrope walking.
Republic of Korea: The Taekkyeon, a traditional Korean martial art.

As of today, what Mexican traditions are listed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO?

The Indigenous Festivities dedicated to the Dead (2008);
The Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores, Veracruz (2009);
Living traditions and places of memory of the people Otomi-Chichimecas of Toliman, Queretaro (2009);
The Pirekua, traditional song of the p’urhépecha (2010);
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de Corzo (2010);
The Traditional Mexican cuisine, the paradigm of Michoacán (2010);
El Mariachi, string music, song, and trumpet (2011).

Country members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO:

Albania, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, China, Cyprus, Croatia, Cuba, Spain, Grenada, Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Nicaragua, Niger, Oman, Paraguay, Czech Republic, Republic of Korea and Venezuela.

Lists of Intangible Heritage 2011, UNESCO:

In this link you will find three lists established by UNESCO. Each contains the items listed in 2011 as well as files for the years 2010, 2009 and 2008.
– List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
– List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding
– Programs, projects and activities for the safeguarding of assets that reflect more adequately the principles and objectives of the Convention.

Link of interest:

The Mariachi: a symbol of Mexican culture