Meet Flor de Toloache, an All-Female Mariachi Band Busking in the New York City Subway

Rhythm in Motion is a new 10-part series of short profile films that are centered around New York City subway buskers. The project is associated with the MTA's Music Under New York (previously) initiative.

In this inaugural episode, the series profiles Flor de Toloache, an all-women Mariachi band founded in 2008.

Mariachi is "passed on from generation to generation," says Mireya Ramos, a musician who lives in New York City. "It's very traditional and very macho." Ramos tells filmmaker Jenny Schweitzer that she had "negative experiences" with other bands—that is to say, with the men who performed in them—and decided to form Flor de Toloache, a seven-piece, all-women mariachi group. "For people who are used to seeing men play, we're making a statement. We're breaking that concept," says Ramos.

Flor de Toloache's music is available for download on iTunes.

Submitted via Viewing NYC Tips

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