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Terrific story; thanks for posting.
I’ve only seen one female Mariachi band, playing in San Diego’s Old Town. Have yet to see one in Mexico, despite many visits. Will keep looking.
While the Mexican side of the border is home to some of the most interesting re-interpretations of traditional genres like norteño with Nortec Colectivo and 3Ball, I find it’s the Chicanos and U.S. at large that have moved post-mariachi music forward.
From Flor de Toloache (all-female and multicultural):
to the utter geekiness of Mariachi Entertainment System (MES), who are also known for their collaborations with Chicana musicians:
to, finally, Mariachi El Bronx. Also multicultural, featuring female members and a folk-punk mix equivalent to a Mexican Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys:
Cindy Shea plus Texas Tech musicology professor Lauryn Salazar–Mariachi Divas.
I have seen the awesome Mariachi Divas performance at DCA, Anaheim, CA…