Mariachi is a musical expression that
dates back to at least 18th century in Western Mexico.
It is a tradition that can be defined by eight
socio-musical elements: mariachi instrumentation and
texture, musical genres and subgenres, performance
methods and styles, singing styles and forms, dance
styles, performative space, performance clothing, and
the word "mariachi". Each element has its own history,
originated at varying moments in time and in different
regions of the Western Mexican countryside, and some, if
not all, had to converge in order for the mariachi
tradition to become what it is.