‘We live drum families’, they say in Mazatlán

Monday 1 April, 2024
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We live drum families, they say in Mazatlán

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Marcos Vizcarra

Mazatlán, México (March 29, 2024) .-05:00 hrs

Banda music is sung by groups along the beach in Mazatlán, which, in recent times, has bothered tourists from the US and Canada.

Banda music is sung by groups along the beach in Mazatlán, which, in recent times, has bothered tourists from the US and Canada. Credit: Special

Silence the drum in Mazatlán, Sinaloa It is not only a cultural problem, but also an economic one. Hundreds of people depend on this activity.

Data from the local Ministry of Economy establishes that Mazatlán, a city with more than 400 thousand inhabitants, practically lives off tourism and services, which represent 76 percent of the local Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and among those services is music. .

“Entire families in Mazatlán live off of this,” said Samuel Ramírez, a member of the Nuevo Imperio band.

On March 20, a group of hotel businessmen and real estate developers met with officials from the Mazatlán City Council and members of Tambora music unions in the Port. There they talked about noise pollution and permitted amounts in decibels.

The agreement was to set time limits to be able to play on the beaches.

“If you are playing on the beach side at three in the morning, even one understands that it is annoying for tourists, but what I don’t agree with is because Mazatlán is the land of bands,” said musician Miguel Blond.

But the discontent of real estate and hotel entrepreneurs in Mazatlán continued. An initiative called the “anti-noise wave” emerged, which included the prohibition of musical bands on the beach where their tourist developments are located.

“I think it is important to take care of the Sinaloa culture, I do think it is important to take care of the noise, I believe in regulation, although I also think that what the hotel owners say is exaggerated. They do not own the beaches and this is the way to support,” Ramírez said in an interview.

A musician can have an income between 300 and 500 pesos a day, not counting the expense of transportation, food and the long walks he must take every day to look for someone to offer his services, Ramírez explained.

But there are other days, some when you return home with nothing and others with a thousand pesos after more than 12 hours without stopping.

“One very good day that I have had, it can be up to 2,500 pesos a day, even more if they tip as a thank you from the tourists,” he said.

They agree with time bands

After the debate between the “Anti-noise Alliance in Mazatlán”, which seeks to remove music bands from the beaches of this port, and the population, who accuses the gentrification of the port because foreigners are privileged over the livelihood of dozens of families, The City Council and musicians reached an agreement.

The municipal government began regulating musical bands with specific places to play, as well as extended hours.

“The schedule is normally on the beach until 10 at night. Leaving the beach we can work in the parking lots next to the Emporio hotel, until 1:00 in the morning,” said Jesús Javier García, leader of one of the Band unions in Mazatlán.

“These are the rules that they gave us and it is a profit. The places that they gave us to continue working, on the permit until 1:00 in the morning, is in the Sánchez Taboada (roundabout) and there is the parking lot of the (hotel). ) Emporio. They are going to look for another one, a third place,” he explained.

However, the groups did not agree on the warning that only 27 permits could be granted for this, since there are hundreds that are deployed throughout the length and breadth of the beach area.

This negotiation dilutes social discontent, but if it is not respected, the musicians threaten to reactivate their demonstration on April 8, the day of the solar eclipse that will be fully visible in Mazatlán.

For that day there are sold out reservations in hotels and apartments, and the visit of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is expected to admire the event.

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Source: Agencia Reforma from El Diario on 2024-03-29 08:56:52

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