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Every year, Mexican and U.S. musicians come together on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border fence to perform “El Fandango Fronterizo,” a traditional fiesta with singing and dancing to songs about everything from romance and political corruption to the plight of immigrants.
The musicians play Son Jarocho, a music genre from the southern Mexican state of Veracruz. In Son Jarocho, participants come together to dance and improvise songs on small traditional guitars known as jaranas. The genre is quickly becoming a form of protest music in U.S. cities such as New York, L.A. and Chicago.
The border Fandango is limited to three hours — the amount of time U.S. Border Patrol will allow people to remain next to the fence. But it didn’t stop the fun.
“Love breaks through borders and runs through countries,” sings Luis, one of the participating musicians.
“Mr. President, tell me when will you return to us the 43 [missing students],” sings another busker.
Fusion attended last Saturday’s border Fandango to witness some 200 musicians show that music knows no borders. See full video above.