In this session, WXPN's David Dye sits down with Catalina Maria Johnson to discuss mariachi music. Johnson explains the origins of mariachi and how it started in Jalisco, Mexico in the late 1800s as an ensemble of strings and horns. She says that music is a part of every Mexican family celebration and that mariachi is a living tradition in Mexico. Today, bands mainly perform classic Mexican tunes in the mariachi ensemble style, but there is also a new movement of the younger generations mixing up traditional mariachi music non-ironically. To exhibit this transition, Johnson plays a selection of traditional and contemporary mariachi music.