TPT Meets Mogo Mogo’s Alfonso Paxtian
TPT: How would you describe your musical style?
Alfonso Paxtian: Our style originates from the south of Veracruz inspired by the Jarochon sounds but we each impart our charms, as each of the members has his unique discipline, which makes the band what it is.
What does Mogo Mogo Son Jarocho mean?
It comes from an impression that started due to traditional words used in Veracruz in the region of the Tuxtlas. We really liked the name of the typical meal called mogo mogo, which is typically made using the male green plantain and stuffing it with whatever you like.
How long have you been playing?
As a band we have been playing roughly a year and a half and I have been playing the jarana for nine years. (A jarana is a guitar-shaped stringed instrument from the southern region of Veracruz.)
What are the ups and downs as a band?
The highs are that we are surrounded by musicians with whom we learn the ropes from and the lows are influenced by the lack of finances that could aid in marketing our potential.
What brought you to Tulum?
I think it was the tranquility, which you can still find. A few years back it was a smaller town but it is still relaxing.
Where do you see yourselves in five years?
As a band I see us recording albums and performing at different types of festivals.
Any words for anybody interested in helping you out?
We make this music with passion and we are always willing to consider all proposals in order to raise awareness.
If you are interested in finding out more about the band, Mogo Mogo, you can visit them on Facebook/Mogo Mogo.
The band, Mogo Mogo, performing in Tulum / Photo: Mogo Mogo