Local Musician Aims to Bring First Mariachi Conference to Andrews

Local Musician Aims to Bring First Mariachi Conference to Andrews

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

ANDREWS - As many of us know, traditional mariachi music is a huge part of the Mexican culture. Now, one local musician is looking to teach others more about this style of music.

He's doing it through a mariachi conference that could be headed to Andrews.

"This place is full of Hispanics from all around the U.S., all around Mexico, but everybody's too busy working. There's a lot of work here so everybody's working and they don't have time to have fun. One fun for me is mariachi music," Israel Cabañas of Andrews, said.

Israel Cabañas, known as "El Charro Noble" (The Noble Cowboy) holds traditional mariachi music in his heart.

He's made it to the semi-finals of Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento (I Have Talent, A Lot of Talent) in Los Angeles. It's similar to America's Got Talent. He even creates his own traditional mariachi music.

Cabañas attends mariachi conferences in Los Angeles, Las Cruces and El Paso.

With the Basin rich in Hispanic culture as well, "El Charro Noble" wishes to bring the first mariachi conference to his home in Andrews.

"They have descendants from Europe, from Spain and other places and I believe they should still bring that back and still remember their roots, where they came from," Cabañas said.

The conference would teach students of all ages traditional mariachi music.

"About mariachi, about tradition, about heritage," Cabañas said.

After a couple of days of learning and practice, a grand finale is held the final day.

"At the end of the week, we get all the students that learn the music to play. We'll have a big concert for the community," Cabañas said.

The date of the conference is still in the works.

A style of music that's hundreds of years old is making a comeback.

For more information on El Charro Noble's new CD and his CD release party, click here.