The Music of Veracruz in Fandango at the Wall

At the San Diego border of Mexico, the “Fandango Fronterizo” music festival has taken place annually since 2008 with celebrations on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border as people share gifts and smiles between the links in the steal border fences, dancing and sing together. This annual festival was conceptualized and founded by retired librarian Jorge Francisco Castillo, who originally created the festival as a simple cross-border jam session, also known as a Fandango. For the last the decade the festival has featured a beautiful, traditional folk style of music from Veracruz Mexico called son jarocho.

In the new music documentary “Fandango at the Wall” Director Varda Bar-Kar follows Jorge Francisco Castillo along with multi Grammy Award winners Arturo O’Farrill and Kabir Sehgal on a journey 2000 miles across the southern border into Veracruz Mexico. This hidden coastal gem of the world has deep musical roots dating back at least 200 hundred years. The region of Southern Veracruz is the birthplace of the popular rock and roll song La Bamba. In the documentary Fandango at the Wall, the US musicians arrive in Veracruz to recruit son jarocho legends Andrés Vega, Martha Vega, Wendy Cao Romero, Ramón Gutiérrez, , Tacho Utrera, Fernando Guadarrama, and Patricio Hidalgo to join O’Farrill and Sehgal as they prepare to record a live album at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Premiering on HBO Latino on Friday, September 25th

As a joint production between Tiger Turn Productions and Sony Music Latin, HBO will premiere the feature music documentary Fandango at the Wall on September 25th. Director Varda Bar-Kar has teamed up with music icons Quincy Jones, and Carlos Santana, alongside Andrew Young as the executive producers. The film is in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

Varda Bar-Kar, the film’s director’s in response to the HBO premier said “I appreciate HBO’s commitment to providing a platform for diverse filmmakers who tell compelling stories with authenticity, artistry, and layered meaning. I’m grateful that our cross-cultural collaboration that celebrates the richness of diversity will join the ranks of HBO’s magnificent programming,” .

Ava Brennan hails from beautiful Lake Tahoe, California and graduated from Cal-State Chico in 2016. She writes about film, fashion, design and trends in beauty and women's health. Ava also has a great love for all things music related and strives to bring new music to listeners world wide through dynamic, exciting content.

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