Mariachis in Los Angeles
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The difficulties of life as a Mexican mariachi in Los Angeles

22 April 2013 Last updated at 12:16 BST

Mexican mariachis living in LA who have seen their work slowly dwindle since 2008 are creating a union to help each other through the difficult economic times.

Arturo Ramirez, a mariachi that has been in LA for 27 years, is one of them.

Video produced by BBC Mundo's Valeria Perasso.