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If You’re Tired Of Music Festivals Not Featuring Latino Acts, Here’s One Full Of Latino Artists

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If you’ve ever been irked by the fact that music festivals hardly ever feature Latino artists, Ruido Fest is here to put them all to shame.

Un poco de "Jueves de Antaño" en la moda de Ruido 2016! #tbt #RuidoFest

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Now in its third year, the three-day Chicago Latino music festival, which takes place on July 7-9 at Addams/Medill Park in Pilsen, boasts an insane lineup.

Ruido Fest could be considered strictly a Latino alt-rock showcase (in 2015 they featured Café Tacvba, Zoe, Molotov, Kinky, among others), but this year’s lineup includes several acts that fall outside of the “alterLatino” label.

Here are some highlights:

Julieta Venegas

The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, our favorite Tijuanera, released her seventh album, “Algo Sucede,” in 2015.

Bomba Estéreo

Yes! The electro-cumbia masters will be on deck, which we’re super psyched about.

But wait… want to make your head spin? What happens when you take Norteño music and Spanish rock? Not sure? You’ll find out at Rudio Fest because…

Tejano legends Intocable and Alejandro Marcovich (a founding member of Caifanes) will be together on stage!

We’re not sure what this will sound like, but we’ll be definitely be in the front row, all ears.

Other notable acts include Spain’s El Guincho…

This set will undoubtedly be insane. He has the most eclectic sound ever! But so far, our most guiltiest pleasure will be seeing…

… and Mexican rockers Fobia.

This veteran “rock en Español” band from Mexico City is one of those groups that evokes so much nostalgia. We can’t wait to see them under the blistering Chicago sun.

Guillermo Ignacio, a press rep for Ruido Fest, tells mitú that this year will be their biggest year ever, and when asked if there’s going to be social activism component (information booths, political statements) for Latinos given our tense political climate, Ignacio said: “this is a Spanish-speaking festival, so that’s a statement in itself.”

READ: This Festival In Miami Celebrates Hispanic LGBTQ Community All Month Long

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These Muslim Latinos Practice Their Faith At The Only Spanish Speaking Mosque In The Country

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These Muslim Latinos Practice Their Faith At The Only Spanish Speaking Mosque In The Country

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Located on the outskirts of Houston, Texas, Centro Islámico is a mosque unlike any others in the United States. Thanks to its largely Latino congregation, services at the mosque are conducted in Spanish. As the Los Angeles Times points out, both Muslims and Latinos have faced harsh political and religious scrutiny in the past, and this is why Houston’s Latino Muslim community has only further embraced their faith. Members of the mosque share stories about receiving the “stink-eye” from strangers, and they share their fears of the future. But they also turn to their faith to find the positive, seeing the negatives they face today as a chance to thrive.

As Bolivian Susan Barrientos told the Los Angeles Times, “For us, I think it’s helpful because it really changes your behavior in public because you want to represent Islam in the most positive way.”

The Los Angeles Times has just written an article that really captures both the highs and lows the members of Centro Islámico have faced since President Trump has come into office. As bad as it is today, they remember, it has been worse in the past.

Watch our mini-doc on Centro Islámico:

This is what it is like to be Muslim and Latino.

Posted by We are mitú on Friday, July 1, 2016

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READ: Meet the Only Indigenous Mexican Tribe to Convert to Islam

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