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Florencio Mes has been keeping the musical traditions of the Maya alive for the past fifty years or more. Now seventy-four years old, he was born in 1938 close to the village of Santa Cruz on the road to San Jose. Tragically his father died when he was one year old and his mother when he was four so Florencio was brought up by his brother Bartolo who is ten years older and even today Florencio refers to Bartolo as “my father brother”. He had very little schooling and cannot read or write but has risen above these disadvantages to become a great ambassador for Mayan culture and music.

Mes continues to live in the remote Maya K'ekchi' village of San Pedro Colombia, Toledo where he works his farm, crafts instruments and plays at local celebrations and fiestas.

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