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Rana Santacruz (Uncredited)

Rana Santacruz

As the ethnic make-up of America changes, so does its music. And with a passel of influences under his belt, Rana Santacruz makes music for that new America. Santacruz’s solo debut Chicavasco - released March 9, 2010- is the product of a vibrant musical vision that was shaped by growing up in Mexico City and coming of age in a musical world informed by MTV, where all styles of music are accessible like never before. Santacruz writes and sings the songs, as well as playing accordion and a variety of stringed instruments. To flesh out his tunes, he enlisted a cast of a dozen versatile musicians who add a folk and neo-classical flare with violin, cello, sax and jaw harp as well as traditional Mexican mariachi instruments like guitarrón, vihuela, trumpet and tuba.

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Rana Santacruz 9/16/10: Rana Santacruz

Accordionist and singer/songwriter Rana Santacruz, whose music has been called "Mexican Bluegrass" or "Irish Mariachi," mixes the sounds of Ireland, Appalachia, New Orleans, and Mexico. Part of Celebrate Mexico 2010.

Rana Santacruz

Accordionist and singer/songwriter Rana Santacruz, whose music has been called "Mexican Bluegrass" or "Irish Mariachi," mixes the sounds of Ireland, Appalachia, New Orleans, and Mexico. Part of Celebrate Mexico 2010.

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