Music is an integral part of Mexican culture. Romantic, joyful or melancholic, every town in this country boasts a strong musical tradition. Mazatlan is no exception. In the late 19th century, Mazatlan benefited from the strong influence of immigrants-Bavarians among others who brought their music and instruments to this land.
Traditionally, banda music is performed with a tuba - banda's trademark instrument - woodwind and percussion instruments. The tambora, a big drum covered in animal hide, gave its name to the wider musical genre of which banda is the most famous example. Imagine a cross between Mexican mariachi and German oompah.
For fun loving Mazatlecos, a party is simply not a party without a tambora. If you’re lucky, and a famous band happens to be playing one night while you’re in Mazatlan, expect to dance in a stadium with about 10,000 banda fans. Give it a try and take some CDs back home for guaranteed lively memories.