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A musician has asked for a balanced approach to regulating live entertainment in Mérida. Photo: La Chancil Tropical

Mérida, Yucatán — For musician Emiliano Buenfil, it is important that the city’s cultural cantinas be regulated while continuing their role as an incubation platform for emerging artists. 

The leader of La Chancil Tropical told Sipse that he understands the noise complaints from residents living near these colorful pubs. The conflict came to ahead at one hip hotspot on Calle 56, But Buenfil also thinks of who these cantinas employ.

A musician has asked for a balanced approach to regulating live entertainment in Mérida. Photo: La Chancil Tropical

“In these spaces of coexistence are developing chefs. It is also a source of work for young waiters who want to continue their studies and for musicians, it’s a platform that helps them to improve their work,” said the guitarist.

He stresses the fact that many bars in the Historic Center of Mérida contribute to the development of the country’s culture.

Emiliano Buenfil. Photo: Courtesy

“The phenomenon of migration to the Yucatecan capital has brought musicians from all over the world who have found a space in cantinas to show their work,” said Buenfil.

The composer also told Sipse that in many of these buildings there are galleries that provide exposure to a new generations of visual artists.

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