September 11, 2012 |
Last year, when the Mexican rock band Zoé won the best alternative music album award at the Latin Grammys, many critics considered the recognition long overdue. The group, which first came together in the late 1990s, has been among Latin America's most consistently brainy and enlightened explorers of neo-psychedelic rock, with album titles like the 2006 release "Memo Rex Commander y el Corazón Atómico de la Vía Láctea" (Commander Memo Rex and the Atomic Heart of the Milky Way)
September 10, 2012 |
Antonio Aguilar, the Mexican ranchera music star and cinema idol who had a huge fan base among Southern California Mexican Americans, will be honored on Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16) when a statue of him is unveiled in downtown L.A., reports our Spanish-language sibling publication Hoy. Aguilar, known as " El Charro de México, " who died in 2007, recorded more than 150 albums which sold more than 25 million copies, earning him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
September 17, 2010 |
Last year, when Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles was invited to open for the reggae-hip-hop- salsa-punk-funk mash-up mavens Ozomatli at the Nokia Theatre, the group wondered how on earth such a concert might be billed. "At first I was, like, 'Really?'" recalled Julissa Murillo, a violinist with the neo-traditional, all-female mariachi group. "Nobody has ever tried anything like that, and I didn't know how they were going to categorize it. " "Categories be damned!"
September 19, 2009 |
The charges, her defenders maintained, were absurd from the start: an unarmed middle-aged indigenous woman who stood barely 5 feet tall was accused of kidnapping six federal police officers. Jacinta Francisco Marcial said she was innocent and had been railroaded. This week, after spending three years in prison, she was set free. The Mexican judiciary that had handed her a 21-year sentence decided she probably wasn't guilty after all. She received no apology, and was bundled out of prison Wednesday under cover of darkness in the predawn hours of Mexican Independence Day, when much of national attention was diverted by holiday frolic.
September 17, 2009 |
For the second time in less than two weeks, heavily armed gunmen attacked a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts in the volatile border city of Ciudad Juarez, authorities said today. At least 10 people, patients and therapists, were killed. The gunmen escaped and authorities offered little in the way of motives in the Tuesday night shootings. Rehab clinics are often attacked as drug gangs pursue rivals or attempt to settle old scores. It's the sixth drug treatment center attacked in Ciudad Juarez in the last 13 months.
September 15, 2009 |
Mexicans begin celebrating their most cherished national holiday today, Independence Day, but indelible memories of unprecedented violence a year ago will make for a somber affair in some parts of the country. Children's parades and outdoor parties have been canceled in many cities. Security is tight, with metal detectors set up at public squares where celebrations will take place. Nowhere is the mood more subdued than in Morelia, capital of the western state of Michoacan and hometown of Mexican President Felipe Calderon.