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If You’re Into Rock Music, These Latino Bands Are Essential Additions To Your Playlist

Rock music has captured a special place in the Latino community. Just think of bands like Morrissey and you’ll get the picture. The influence of rock music is felt strongly in the Latino community, especially when you consider how many Latinos are in the rock music industry. Here are 20 Latin based artists and bands to rock out to. Who know. They might be on your next playlist.

1. Tom Araya

Tom Araya. Digital Image. IMDB. September 10, 2018.

The lead vocalist for Slayer, Tomás “Tom” Enrique Araya Díaz was born in Viña del Mar, Chile and came to the US when he was 5 years old. Raised in Maywood in Los Angeles County, the band was formed in Huntington Park.

2. The Mars Volta

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The band might no longer be together, but The Mars Volta’s one band you should learn about. Four out of the five members have Mexican roots and you can feel it in their music. The band was formed in El Paso, Texas.

3. Zack De La Rocha

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Zacharias Manuel de la Rocha is deeply connected to the Chicano community. The lead singer for Rage Against the Machine is someone that should be in your playlist if he isn’t already.

4. Teri Gender Bender

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Teresa Suárez Cosío is a Colorado native who performs with the Le Butcherettes, a Guadalajara-based group. She is also part of Bosnian Rainbows with The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López.

5. Union 13

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If you’re looking for an underground, local vibe, Union 13 is the band for you. The Boyle Heights-based band is ver engaged on social media and love interacting with their fans.

6. Viernes 13

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Viernes 13 was founded in Los Angeles by Mario Luna and Jose Luis in the 1990s. The original members might not be around anymore, but like Menudo, they keep the heart and soul alive with new members.

7. Las Cochinas

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An all female punk band, Las Cochinas has a hip-hop and poetic feel in their music. If you haven’t heard about them, well, now you know.

8. Cannibal And The Headhunters

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Originating from East LA, Cannibal and the Headhunters was the opening act on The Beatles’ second American tour. Talk about a career goal.

9. Aurelio Voltaire

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Cuban born Aurelio Voltaire Hernández is a dark cabaret musician. You might not recognize him immediately, but this man created some of the music we love from “The Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy.”

10. Thee Midniters

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An East LA band, Thee Midniters were one of the first rock bands to use Chicanismo in their music. That’s how you elevate a movement.

11. Ritchie Valens

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Richard Steven Valenzuela was a Pacoima, California born musician who paved the way for Chicano rock. He died tragically in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959 along with Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the pilot.

12. Los Lobos

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Los Lobos originated in East LA and were nominated to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The band will instantly connect you to your Mexican identity.

13. José Feliciano

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José Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico blind at birth. Exposed to music at a young age, he played the guitar in his youth and became a household name.

14. Santana

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Founded in San Francisco by Carlos Santana, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have both Grammys and Latin Grammys.

15. Los Lonely Boys

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The Chicano Rock group from San Angelo, Texas, keeps it all in the family. The brothers have made a name for themselves in the music industry. They even have a song in the Santana album “All That I Am.”

16. Filoxera

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A Guatemala-based band, Filoxera also produces music in English. Their latest single “Fuel” released in June 2018 and is definitely worth a listen.

17. Pierce the Veil

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Brothers Mike Fuentes and Vic Fuentes formed Pierce the Veil in San Diego’s intense punk scene. They tend to stick to the heavier stylings of rock with metalcore and emo music as their genres of choice.

18. The Zeros

The Zeros. Digital Image. San Diego Reader. September 10, 2018.

The Zeros is a punk rock band founded in the Chula Vista, California. They have performed multiple covers including Sator’s “Black and White.” If you have some time, might as well give them a quick listen and see what they’re all about.

19. Xenia Rubinos

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Xenia Rubinos’ music uses an overlapping of different musical genres. Particularly, if you’re into funky indie-rock, Rubinos is the musician for you.

20. Chicano Batman

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Chicano Batman has been on the rise since 2008. All but one member is from Los Angeles; drummer Gabriel Villa is from Cali, Colombia. The group has performed at some of the biggest music festivals giving Latinos representation on stages like never before.


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If You Call Yourself A Frida Kahlo Fan Then You Should Be Following These Five Artists

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If You Call Yourself A Frida Kahlo Fan Then You Should Be Following These Five Artists

So many of us have been moved the art of the late Frida Kahlo. Even in death she’s gone on to inspire entire generations with her Surrealist self-portraits, lush depictions of plant and animal life, and magical realist tableaux. Not to mention her incredible life story.

She also inspired future generations of artists, many of whom are alive today creating beautiful works of art. These are just a few of the artists who have similar techniques, subjects, and styles to Frida Kahlo that you’ll definitely love if you’re a fan of Frida Kahlo.

Maria Fragoso – Mexico City

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Influenced by the style and narratives of Mexican surrealists and muralists, Maria Fragoso creates work that celebrates her Mexican culture, while also addressing notions of gender expression and queer identity. Her brightly colored canvases offer voyeuristic glimpses into intimate moments, with subjects engaging in acts that seem at once seductive and mischievous—often while gazing directly out at the viewer.

Recently featured in Forbes’s “30 Under 30” in the “Art and Style” category, the 25-year-old artist is quickly rising to prominence. Born and raised in Mexico City, Fragoso moved to Baltimore in 2015 to pursue her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. While in school, Fragoso was the recipient of the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship at the Yale Norfolk School of Art. Since graduating, she has completed residencies at Palazzo Monti and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

Nadia Waheed – Austin, Texas

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Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Austin, Texas–based artist Nadia Waheed explores notions of relocation, displacement, and vulnerability in her work. Her life-size figurative paintings are both allegorical and autobiographical—the female figures represent her own lived experiences, as well as the multifaceted identities of all women.

Rodeo Tapaya – Philippines

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Rodel Tapaya paints dreamlike, narrative works based on myths and folklore from his native Philippines. Drawing parallels between age-old fables and current events, Tapaya reimagines mythical tales by incorporating fragments of the present. “In some way, I realize that old stories are not just metaphors. I can find connections with contemporary time,” Tapaya said in a 2017 interview with the National Gallery of Australia. “It’s like the myths are poetic narrations of the present.”

While the content of Tapaya’s work is inspired by Filipino culture, his style and literary-based practice is heavily influenced by Mexican muralists and Surrealist painters such as José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and, of course, Frida Kahlo. Often working at a large scale, Tapaya has been commissioned to create several site-specific murals, including one for Art Fair Philippines in February 2020.

Leonor Fini – Buenos Aires

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Long overlooked in favor of male Surrealists, Leonor Fini, a contemporary of Kahlo, was a pioneering 20th-century force. Known for having lived boldly, Fini is recognized for her unconventional lifestyle, theatrical personality, and avant-garde fashion sense. Born in Buenos Aires in 1907, Fini was raised by her mother in Trieste, Italy. She taught herself to paint and first exhibited her work at the age of 17.

Fini had one of her first solo exhibitions at age 25 with a Parisian gallery directed by Christian Dior. Her work was then included in the groundbreaking exhibition “Fantastic Art, Dada and Surrealism” at MoMA in 1936, while at the same time she had her first New York exhibition with Julien Levy Gallery. Today, Fini’s work is represented in many major public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice.

Ramon Alejandro – Miami

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José Ramón Díaz Alejandro, better known as Ramon Alejandro, paints idyllic still lifes of tropical fruits set in ethereal landscapes. The surrealistic compositions have a similar spirit to Kahlo’s less iconic but equally masterful still-life works

Coming from a long lineage of artists, Alejandro grew up with the artworks of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and uncle adorning the walls of his childhood home. After growing up in Havana, Alejandro was sent to live in Argentina in 1960 amidst political turmoil in Cuba, and has continued to live in exile since then.

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chavela vargas and frida kahlo Gets Renewed Attention As Long Lost Love Letters Are Uncovered

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chavela vargas and frida kahlo Gets Renewed Attention As Long Lost Love Letters Are Uncovered

Frida Kahlo’s paintings perfectly show the artist’s whirlwind of emotions throughout her life. Her art gives a look into her passions, her pains and her loves, which went far beyond Diego Rivera. 

It’s long been known that the prolific artist had many loves throughout her life, both men and women, and including many major personalities of their time. Everyone from Tina Modotti and the politician León Trotsky were on that list in addition to her longtime companion, Diego Rivera. However, one of Kahlo’s great loves and of whom little is said was the singer Chavela Vargas.

Chavela, who was 12 years younger than Frida, spoke on several occasions about the love she had for Kahlo when her musical career began to take off, while she was “a child.” And thanks to recently discovered love letters we have a new perspective on this little known relationship.

New love letters give us details into the romance between Frida Kahlo and Chavela Vargas.

Although Chavela had claimed to have destroyed all of the love letters she received from Frida Kahlo, new love letters have recently been discovered that paint a new light on the romance.

There is one letter Kahlo had written to Carlos Pellicer, a Mexican poet, to express her feelings about the singer. She told him that after meeting Chavela she felt attracted to her from the very first moment – in some pretty steamy language.

“Today I met Chavela Vargas. Extraordinary, lesbian, what’s more, I wanted her erotically. I don’t know if she felt what I did. But I think she’s a liberal enough woman, that if she asks me, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to undress in front of her. How many times do you not want to get laid and that’s it? She, I repeat, is erotic. Is it a gift that heaven sends me?”, wrote Kahlo.

It was shortly after Kahlo wrote that letter that Chavela went to live with her and Diego at La Casa Azul. In another recently discovered letter, Vargas writes – of her time at Casa Azul – that she felt very happy and in love, as well as loved by Kahlo.

“She taught me a lot of things and I learned a so much. Without giving away too much, I held the sky with my hands, with every word, every morning,” she said.

The lovers had an intense relationship that has fascinated fans to this day.

The two had met at one of the many parties Kahlo and Rivera would host at their home in Casa Azul. The couple were prolific entertainers and often threw extravagant parties.

Before her death, Vargas detailed that night’s meeting.

“A painter friend invited me. She said: ‘There’s a party at Frida’s house tonight. Shall we go?’ I went and the atmosphere was full of people. The night passed, we sang, everyone danced, everyone entertained,” Vargas says in the documentary Chavela, released in 2017.

“I was in a daze when I saw her face, her eyes. I thought she couldn’t be a being from this world. Her eyebrows together were a swallow in flight. Without yet having the maturity of a woman in me, since I was a very young girl, I sensed that I could love that being with the most devoted love in the world, the strongest love in the world,” said the singer about Frida.

Although the romance didn’t last long thanks in part to the painter’s relationship with Diego Rivera.

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Vargas confessed that the romance didn’t last for a long time on the account of having to share the painter’s love with Diego Rivera. According to Vargas, one day Kahlo simply decided to abandon her.

“My words possibly hurt her a lot when I told her I was leaving and she told me: ‘I know. It is impossible to tie you to anybody’s life. I can’t tie you to my crutches or to my bed. Go away!’ And one day I opened the door and didn’t come back,” Vargas said.

Although the singer never spoke about whether she had intimate relationships with the painter, the romance, as well as the great love and attraction they felt for each other is something that cannot be denied.

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