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Here’s How A Puerto Rican From New York Created A Mariachi Band That Would Not Only Fill A Void In The East Coast, But Get Nominated For A Grammy

Check out this performance from the Latin Grammy-nominated all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache on #HarryTV!

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Flor De Toloache is a mariachi band with a mission: female empowerment.

Flor De Toloache was recently on Harry Connick Jr.’s new talk show, “Harry,” and the all-female mariachi group gave viewers chance to experience their powerful brand of ranchera music. Mireya Ramos, a founding member of the band, told Connick Jr. that the band came about from a love of music and a need for more women in the male-heavy mariachi music industry.

Ramos told Connick Jr. that she grew up with a mariachi father and fell in love with the music. After moving to NYC from Puerto Rico, Ramos’ first gig in the city was with a mariachi band. “And then I noticed that there weren’t very many women playing mariachi music in New York or any all-female groups like there was in the west coast,” Ramos told Connick Jr. “So, I was like, ‘Oh my God. We need to start our own group,’ to create a safe place for women to come together and make music and make money also. You know, living in New York’s expensive.”

So, how did this all-women mariachi band come to be?

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The group has performed in France, Germany, Italy, the U.K., and the Netherlands, according to the band’s official website. They use the musical stylings of tradition Mexican mariachi but add their own twist, and some English lyrics, to make a sound all their own.

After so much attention abroad, U.S. mariachi fans started to take notice of the group. They were even nominated for a Latin-GRAMMY in 2015 for Best Ranchera Album.


The award ended up going to Pedro Fernandez, but the nomination was one moment that made Flor de Toloache’s journey worth while.

“We bring something very refreshing,” Ramos told Women You Should Know. “We have our own power and own command that we have to work harder for, however that translates, it’s different and special.”

Flor De Toloache is doing mariachi a little differently, incorporating women from different cultural backgrounds.


“The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States,” reads the bio on the official website. “This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.”

But the biggest mission of the mariachi group is giving women a chance to create music.


“I knew they were out there, but most of the musicians I worked with at the time were male,” Ramos told the Huffington Post. “It was also sort of an excuse to connect with other women artists. I wanted to create a platform for other women to be able to play other music and be known.”

As for why they chose to tackle the mariachi scene, it’s simple: more people are starting to appreciate the genre.

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“Mariachi has been popular for over 100 years,” Ramos told the Wall Street Journal. “But now maybe it is getting more popular with more people who aren’t Mexican. So there is a blending of the cultures that seems to be taking place right now.”

BONUS: Check out their 20-minute Tiny Desk Concert for NPR below!


This is what modern mariachi sounds like and it’s pretty dope.


READ: The Latest Genre To Take “Music City, USA” By Storm? Mariachi, Of Course!

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

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Yes, Beyoncé Really Did Run Into Selena Quintanilla At A Mall Back In The Day

Part 2 of Netflix’s “Selena: The Series,” is currently streaming, which means fans of the late Tejano singer are getting a chance to learn more about her origin stories. In the second part of the series, fans can expect to see more of the icon’s tragically brief but beautifully successful life. The new episodes chronicle Selena Quintanilla’s rise as a superstar and will no doubt make fans of the singer feel a deep sense of love for her.

Particularly when it comes to one episode in particular!

Part 2’s episode 6, called “Lo Más Bello,” sees the lives of two superstars collide.

The endearing episode sees Selena, played by Christian Serratos, on a shopping trip to an outdoor mall with her mother and sister. It’s then that the young singer catches the eye of a young girl who is also with her mother and sister.

Perhaps it’s real seeing real, but in either case in this episode, the young girl stops to gaze at Selena. She’s star-struck. In the episode, the young girl’s mother asks who she’s looking at and the girl replies, “Selena, a famous singer. Be quiet!”

Knowing that her daughter is a singer herself, the mother encourages her to introduce herself. Of course, the young girl is too shy to say hello but she does wave.

When Selena walks away, the young girl’s mother reveals a fun twist when she says “Beyoncé Knowles, you better learn not to be afraid of people if you ever want to be famous too.”

Like we said…

Real recognizing real.

Selena
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While it might seem like the producers took creative liberty, it turns out they actually didn’t. And it makes sense. Fans of Selena and Beyoncé know that the two singers are Texan-icons.

In a recent interview for MTV Trés, Beyoncé revealed that she actually did see Selena, in the Galleria Mall in Houston. “I didn’t say much to Selena because I wasn’t a celebrity,” Beyoncé said in an interview for MTV Trés back in the day. “I just saw her and said hello and kept it moving. Definitely growing up in Texas I heard her on the radio, and I think listening to her album, even though I didn’t know exactly what she was saying, it helped me in the studio with my pronunciation.”

Fans of the Texan starlets might also remember how Beyonce, in a 2007 interview with People en Español, spoke about her love of Selena.

At the time, Beyoncée was celebrating her re-release of six Spanish-language tracks. “I listened to Selena all the time” she recalled at the time of the interview. “She’s close to me because of where I’m from.”

Both “Selena: The Series” Parts 1 and 2 are streaming right now on Netflix! Check them out!

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Shakira Dyed Her Hair Red And It Will Give You Major ‘Ojos Asi’ Vibes

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Shakira Dyed Her Hair Red And It Will Give You Major ‘Ojos Asi’ Vibes

Twenty years have passed since Shakira released her fourth studio album ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? which featured her song “Ojos Asi.”

The music video for the hit song featured Shakira belly dancing with a vibrant red hair look that so many of us spent the early aughts attempting to emulate. The video won the International Viewer’s Choice Award (North) at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards and the hair won a place in our hearts.

Now, it’s 2021 and Shakira has returned to the red color.

The Colombian singer-songwriter showed off her dyed locks in a post shared on her Instagram on Wednesday.

The post showed Shakira preparing for a recording session and saw her dressed in a chic green-and-white outfit. She teased her upcoming project with the caption “Ready to leave my house to go to my first in-person studio session to meet with some awesome collaborators thanks to safety measures and vaccines. I can’t wait!”

Shakira made waves earlier this month on Instagram that weren’t about her hair.

In an effort to highlight Earth Day, Shakira signed a letter written by Earth shot Prize Council which called on people to tackle our planet’s current climate crisis with the same tenacity used to fight Covid-19.

In a post shared to her Instagram and Twitter pages the singer wrote “As a Member of The @EarthshotPrize Council, I’m calling on the world to Give the Earth a Shot. This #EarthDay, let’s be inspired by the innovation of the past year & work together to repair our planet.”

She also attached a link to the full letter which underlined how “People everywhere have worn masks, stayed at home and made sacrifices for the greater good. The availability of vaccines after just a year is both a triumph of science and a victory for collaboration. There is a long way to go. None of us are safe until everybody is safe. But we have learned what it means to pull together in the face of a truly global crisis. These lessons apply not just to pandemics but to the most pressing challenge in human history: stopping the climate emergency. If we do not act in this decade, the damage to our planet will be irreversible, impacting not only those of us alive today but threatening the future of generations to come.”

Shakira’s upcoming album is most anticipated by her fans. It will be her first studio album release since the 2017 release of her album El Dorado.

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