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Musician Nati Cano dies at 81; leader of Mariachi los Camperos
Musician Nati Cano dies at 81; leader of Mariachi los Camperos

Nati Cano was 7 when he started playing mariachi music in a group with family members in Mexico. He loved the music but didn't care for the life. "We'd play saloons, and I remember one day playing for one guy and he decided not to pay us," Cano said in a 1993 Los Angeles Times interview. The group ended up walking home, not even having been fed. The incident made a big impression on the young musician, who dedicated much of his life "to get the mariachi out of the cantinas." Cano, 81, whose famed Los Angeles-based group Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano played top concert venues around the world and won crossover fans with its performances with Linda...

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