The Latin American “accordeon” is a three row accordion based on the original one-row button accordions brought to Mexico by Central and Eastern European settlers. In the 1930s pioneering accordion player Narcisso Martinez connected with Santiago Almeida who played the Mexican guitar-like bajo sexto. Martinez left the bass parts to Almeida and played the melody on the accordeon, creating what quickly became the ubiquitous conjunto sound Learn about the life and musical achievements of Narciso Martinez and his essential partnership with Almeida.

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