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Beyond Maná: 9 Mexican Bands The White House Should Have On Its Radar

Once again, Mexican rockstars Maná have been invited to perform at the White House for Cinco de Mayo, making this the third time they played for President Obama (who happens to be a huge fan of theirs).

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It’s an awesome opportunity for any band, but seriously? Again? Is the White House unaware of just how many awesome Mexican and Mexican-American bands there are out there? We love Maná just as much as the next person, but here are nine other bands who should totally be on the White House’s radar. (And not just for Cinco de Mayo, either. Because, believe it or not, Mexican-Americans exist in the U.S. all year ’round!)

1. Molotov

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Maybe the reason the White House hasn’t invited Molotov to play is because they can’t handle those GUITAR RIFFS!?! Talk about badass rock & roll. Molotov, whose songs blend Spanish and English, have been around since 1995 and would totally rock it out with their energy and guitar skills.

2. Café Tacuba

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A staple of the Latin American rock scene, Café Tacuba could easily get an invite to perform at the White House. Their 2013 Coachella performance (featured above), is pretty magical, and their alt-vibes/style has been beloved since the ’90s.

What we’re saying is GET ON IT, WHITE HOUSE.

3. Carla Morrison

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OK, so she’s technically a solo artist, but still, she’s iconic and deserves a spot on this list. We believe the phrase here is, “YAAAS, SLAY QUEEN!” This indie-pop artist is pure heaven. It’s impossible to listen to her ethereal tones without feeling so many things. We’re pretty sure she’d crush it at the White House, leaving everyone teary-eyed for days.

4. Zoé

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Come on now! These guys are incredible live. Don’t believe me? Just watch the above video. The White House better wake up and invite Zoé to hang sometime soon. Their rock music is top notch, and they have the Grammys to prove it.

5. Caifanes

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Caifanes’ unique and iconic sound would make them an excellent musical guest at the White House, especially because, you know. That place can get pretty tense, and Caifanes’ music would help everyone chill a little. Politics could use a little new wave-y vibes!

6. 3BallMTY

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A Mexican pop DJ trio?! YAAAS. These dudes have been around since 2009, and their sound is super catchy. The kind of catchy that you can’t get out of your head for a very long time, but it’s totally worth it. Not only are they so freaking cute, but their music is addicting. INTO IT.

7. Sin Bandera

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Have you ever listened to music that made you say DAMN? Sin Bandera is that band. Are those vocals carved from sunshine and angel tears? Who knows. All we know is Sin Bandera #can #get #it. Plus, performing at the White House would be a great time to announce the band is officially back together and touring again. Hey, we can dream.

8. Jesse & Joy

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Hiiiii. Yes, this is our ghost typing these words because we are dead over how much we love Jesse & Joy. A brother and sister pop duo?! What more could we ask for? I guess them performing at the White House. Yes, that’s exactly what we’re asking for. SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

9. Mint Field

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While Mint Field hasn’t been around for long at all, they’re definitely on the rise and absolutely worth keeping an eye on. Having recently performed at the 2016 Coachella music festival, this Tijuana-based indie trio is making quite a name for themselves.

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Who are some of your favorite Mexican and Mexican-American bands you’d love see play at the White House? Comment – mitú wants to know!

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

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A Mexican Beauty Queen Has Landed In Jail On Kidnapping Charges, Why Does This Keep Happening?

The pageant world is popular in communities all over the planet. From Russia to the U.S. and across Latin America, beauty queens (and kings) strut their stuff on runways and display their many talents. But the pageant world is also known to suffer from a more sinister side that often lands itself in the headlines.

In Mexico, beauty pageants have long been connected to organized crime and international human trafficking rings. Now, one former beauty queen has landed herself in jail in connection to these terrible crimes.

A former Mexican beauty queen has been jailed in connection to a kidnapping ring.

A former Oaxaca beauty queen has been jailed without bail on suspicion of being part of a kidnapping ring operating in the Mexican states of Veracruz and Oaxaca.

Laura Mojica Romero, 25, was Miss Oaxaca in 2018 and the 2020 International Queen of Coffee in Colombia, a beauty pageant at which she represented Mexico. She was arrested Thursday with seven other people in a raid conducted by a federal anti-kidnapping unit after two months of investigation.

A judge on Saturday ruled that Mojica and the seven others will remain in prison for the next two months while authorities continue to gather evidence. Members of the group each face up to 50 years in prison.

Romero had tried to position herself as unique among beauty queens in the country.

Laura Mojica Romero defined herself as “more than a pretty face” during a interview she did in 2019. The 25-year-old, who at that time had just won the Miss Oaxaca contest for the second time, said that the contest had taken an important turn because it highlighted aspects that went “beyond” the contestants’ own beauty.

She put herself out there as an example when remembering that she participated in the delivery of supplies (sweaters, blankets and coats) in remote Indigenous communities and announced that among her future projects included support for the musical education of children from impoverished communities, as well as the formation of women’s entrepreneurship cells; a strategy that she claimed was to combat gender violence.

“We cannot stand idly by, we have to eradicate violence against women, through campaigns and talks that make men aware of this problem,” said the also graduate in Business Administration from the Universidad Veracruzana (UV) to Newsweek Mexico.

Mexico is an international hub for human trafficking.

In its most recent report, the organization Alto al Secuestro warned that the states with the highest incidence of kidnappings are the State of Mexico, with seven; Veracruz, with 12; Oaxaca, with six; Guerrero, with five; and Tabasco, Sinaloa and Mexico City, with four respectively.

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Mexican Singer Ramón Vega Rewrites Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ in Spanish

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Mexican Singer Ramón Vega Rewrites Roy Orbison’s ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’ in Spanish

Ramón Vega is taking a classic hit and reinventing it for a new generation. The Mexican singer-songwriter is making history with his debut single “Contigo Mami,” a Spanish take on Roy Orbison’s beloved song “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

Ramón Vega is the youngest Mexican artist to co-write on a Roy Orbison song.

At 15 years old, Vega is the youngest Mexican artist to share a co-write with the late Orbison, who died in December 1988. Orbison’s estate heard Vega’s “Contigo Mami” and signed off on his regional Mexican version of the song.

Orbison took “Oh, Pretty Woman” to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1964. After his death, the song grew in popularity when it was featured as the theme to the 1990 movie Pretty Woman, which starred Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Not only is Vega reintroducing the classic to his Latino audience, but he’s also schooling his Gen-Z crowd on the Orbison opus.

“I’m so excited to finally put my first single out,” Vega said in a statement. “Alex and the team really got behind my vision and helped me reach this point. ‘Contigo Mami’ is everything I hoped my sound would be. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

Vega updates “Oh, Pretty Woman” with regional Mexican music influence.

Not only does Vega give “Oh, Pretty Woman” a Mexican touch, but there’s also a reggae music influence on “Contigo Mami.” He calls out for the woman of his eye in both Spanish and English, evoking Orbison’s timeless chorus. Vega sounds beyond his years with this familiar yet fresh serenade. In the music video, he’s vibing with a pink-haired girl on a motorcycle.

Vega comes from a family of regional Mexican music stars like his uncle, the late Sergio “El Shaka” Vega, and his older brother, Cornelio Vega Jr.  Eleven years ago Dominican-American pop star Prince Royce carved out a career for himself with his bachata take on Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” Expect the same success for Vega with “Contigo Mami.”

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