“I’ve gone all over the globe playing my music, but the one place I’ve never been is Mexico.”
Early on in this episode of VICELAND’s “Earthworks,” Miguel explains that due to his appearance, most people think of him as a “soley black artist.” The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter then explains that he actually has very strong ties to his Latino heritage: “There’s a reason why my name is Miguel.” Like many immigrants, Miguel’s father, Miguel Sr., was originally from Mexico, but came to the U.S. in search of a better life. As Miguel explains, his first visit to Michoacán, Mexico was the perfect chance to understand the story of his family, as well as his own.
Once in Mexico, the Pimentels are greeted with open arms by family in Zamora, Michoacán.
As Miguel sums it up, “What I appreciate most about my Latino heritage is that have a really strong sense of family.” Watching Miguel enjoy a meal with his family, it’s obvious how important these kinds of connections are for the 31-year-old musician. For anyone interested in their own heritage, this series is definitely worth checking out. Shot with an eye on what makes Mexico so beautiful — the culture, the people, and the landscape — VICELAND has done an amazing job of chronicling a side of Mexico rarely shown.
Check out the entire series here.
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