Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

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The Cardencheros De Sapioriz, a group that keeps the cardenche tradition alive alive. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A naked person walks into a fancy gala. In a world of overproduced, painstakingly packaged and perfectly polished music, that's what it's like to hear Canto Cardenche - a completely a cappella style of Mexican music - for the first time. The singer truly could not care less what you think about his song.

For those who sing it, Canto Cardenche is simply a physiological necessity; The word "Cardenche" comes from a cactus plant whose thorn is even more painful upon removal than it is when it penetrates the body.

But in spite of the pain, it can not remain stuck in there; It must come out, just as the Cardenche Canto has to come out.

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Cardenche Canto is still practiced in the Mexican state of Durango. YouTube

Often sung in vocal groups of three, and accompanied by alcohol, it's a style that has always been passed from generation to generation in rural areas. It is also in danger of extinction. Lila Downs paid Lila Downs paid, and Lila Downs paid for her work in the small Mexican Mexican town of Sapioriz, Durango, and by artists such as Lila Downs and Juan Pablo Villa, who recognize their simple beauty.

Homage to the Canto Cardenche classic "La Espina Del Cardenche" in her album La Cantina .

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As part of the North Sonoro Project - an initiative to explore the music of northern Mexico - DJ Algodon Egipcio (Venezuela) created this beautiful take on "La Espina Del Cardenche."

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