Eduardo Llerenas

1981 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Mexico, Born 1945

Project Goal

Tracking and recording Mexico's rich folk music heritage

Location: Mexico

"There’s a great cultural value in this music. It represents five centuries. It’s the musical heritage of Mexico."

Eduardo Llerenas was a respected professor of biochemistry when he won a Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1981 for a project to preserve Mexico’s rich musical heritage. He is now the director of an independent music label and is considered by ethnomusicologists to be the world expert on Mexican traditional music. Among the many factors that brought about his career change, the Rolex Award figures significantly.


songs in Llerenas's archives


titles released by the recording company


percentage of Mexico's regions represented in Llerenas's archives


musical groups in Llerenas's archives

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