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Belly Drummers of Oaxaca: Cuacuahuececeyotl

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It takes some guts to play the belly drums, but what better place to find them than Oaxaca, the celebrated home of the world's best chocolate--right in the heart of Mexico, one of the most obese countries on the planet. The members of this all-Oaxacan sextet have made a pledge to each other that together they're going to make it big, which means they pack in several courses of buttered tortillas between those delicious cups of hot chocolate every day. Their debut album, Cuacuahuececeyotl, provides some dramatic evidence that they can bring age-old traditions back to life, even jazz them ...



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