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Paulina y el Buscapié is that rare thing – a very Oaxacan band with an international scope. Not only has this 6-piece from southern Mexico spent the last decade mixing traditional Oaxacan music with global influences, they have also been taking their folk music to a global audience. Most of its members play several instruments, which means their sound is particularly eclectic and symphonic. Frontwoman Paulina Tenorio sings, plays the jarana, Venezuelan cuatro, electric guitar and performs the ‘zapateado’ traditional tap dance. Emiliano Carlton is equally multi-instrumental, playing the requinto jarocho, the Puerto Rican cuatro, and the clarinet. He also creates the visuals that are considered an integral part of their live performance. Throw into the mix electric guitar and bass, drums, saxophone and trumpet and you have all the ingredients of Paulina y el Buscapié. The band also likes to play with genres, nodding to the fascinating history of traditional Oaxacan music which is shared with many other Latin American countries.

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PAULINA Y EL BUSCAPIÉ (MEXICO)