". . .rich-throated vocalists harmonize on lushly melodic motifs, and it's enough to make you want to just float off into the almond-scented ether."
-- Renaldo Migaldi, Chicago Reader
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From the capital city of Veracruz, Jalapa, Tlen-Huicani (pronounced wee-KAH-ne) is one of the most faithful interpreters of the traditional folk music of that state and also that of much of Latin America.
Tlen-Huicani, which means "the singers" in the indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl, has taken the beautiful "harpa jarocha" or folk harp, and has made it the centerpiece of their music.
Founded in 1973, the group was named best folk group in Mexico by the union of music and theater critics. Group director, Alberto de la Rosa, is one of the most respected musicians in all of Mexico, and is considered among the most outstanding folk harpists in the world. In 2003 the group celebrated another landmark, when they completed 30 years of unforgettable music.
What the World Is Saying about Tlen-Huicani
"Your ability and musical execution you expressed through your art produced enthusiastic comments and much adulation both from the Mexican and Panamanian audiences which you delighted with the songs of our land and other sister countries of Latin America"
-- Guadalupe de Altamar, President, Mexican-Panamanian Women Association
"Among the great artistic values of Veracruz and Mexico, especially in folklorico music, Alberto de la Rosa stands out."
-- Xalapa Diario
". . .to the director and members of Tlen-Huicani, our sincere thanks for your very successful performance, by the best Jarocho group in Mexico"
-- Amparo Ortiz, San Antonio Parks Foundation
"I would like to congratulate you on the excellent musical representation which Mexico received through your performance at the Fourth Rochas Harp Festival, celebrated in Asuncion, Paraguay. . ."
-- Francisco Correa Villalobos, Mexican Ambassador to Paraguay
sound clip (~380K, ra) "Mi Amigo el Camino" from Un Canto a Latinoamerica
sound clip (~375K, ra) "Kirpa" from Un Canto a Latinoamerica
sound clip (~210K, au) "Veracruz" from Un Canto a Latinoamerica
sound clip (~240K, au) "La Huastequita" from Son y Huapango
sound clip (~240K, au) "La Cigarra" from Son y Huapango
sound clip (~240K, au) "La Bamba" from Son y Huapango