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Mariachi Bands Are Using The Power Of Their Voices To Protest

If you think mariachi bands are only good for playing at quinceañeras, you have not been paying attention. Mariachi’s are actually the secret voice of the people. Several instances of protest have been performed by mariachi’s recently and they’ve been amazing. Not just because they’re taking a stand, but because they’re dressed all the way up and playing music as a form of protest. It’s a beautiful sight. They’re basically superheroes without capes.


1. This group of mariachi performed their protest at Republican Senator Cory Gardner’s talk at a Chamber of Commerce event in Colorado Springs.

The mariachis played “¿Dónde Estás Corazón?” just as Gardner was beginning to speak and answer questions. The band was there representing the group “Americans for Conservation of the Arts” as well as the Latino community at large. A representative of that group had been trying to get a hold of the Senator who has refused to meet with constituents in a public forum according to CNN. They paid the $250 joining fee for the Chamber of Commerce just to interrupt it.


2. This mariachi band performed a remixed rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, outside the US embassy in Mexico City.

A representative of the band told reporters that they performed the song as “a gesture for building bridges” instead of building a wall.

3. There were also protests this week in Los Angeles in Mariachi Plaza against the displacement of the mariachi who live in the area.

The protests were held in Boyle Heights’ Mariachi Plaza, which is 1) not a joke, they actually live nearby and 2) that’s probably the best place in the world for mariachi to protest (okay, maybe that last part was a joke). All jokes aside, though, many people came out recently to protest massive rent hikes. Rent has gone up for some residents of the area by 80%, which is an astronomical amount for the mariachi living in the area with families and lives to sustain from their art.


4. Mariachi music is all about love, but when they need to, they can use that love to fight injustices. Like when they protested at Trump Tower.

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Although they were escorted away by police, these mariachi made a stand and played beautifully all while being pushed out.

5. They’re even protesting internationally, like when these mariachi trolled Trump on a visit to Scotland.

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They’re doing the work of the people!


So next time you hear mariachi, listen up and show some respect.

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Or else.


READ: Valentina Took To The RuPaul Stage Dressed As A Mariachi And It Slayed


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Charro And Mariachi Nike Cortez Concept Is Something We Didn’t Know That We Needed

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Charro And Mariachi Nike Cortez Concept Is Something We Didn’t Know That We Needed

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The Nike Cortez has a long and storied history in the Latino community. They are something that every Latino can identify because we have all seen them many times. One company has taken them and given them a whole new feel and people need them made.

Paisa Boys are teasing everyone with a Charro/Mariachi-inspired Nike Cortez.

The design is pretty amazing. The Paisa Boys brand is unapologetic about who they are and what they want to do. They are using clothing to tell the story of the Chicano experience. The brand does not hold back and the products include the intricate and incredible designs from Mexican and Chicano culture.

Their website says they are sold out so it is worth paying attention when they start mentioning stuff.

Over the years, the brand has been giving the Chicano experience a voice through fashion. “Gringos Ilegales!” and “Fierro” are some of the terms that the Paisa Boys have used to bring some fashion choices that will definitely catch everyone’s attention.

The shoes are really something to behold.

That amount of detail is wonderful and not trying too hard. It is a well-done expression of Mexican and Chicano culture. Not to mention the physical manifestation of the experience of people who lives in the U.S., LA specifically, and spent time in Mexico with family. An American classic elevated and refined with a Mexican and Chicano lens.

People are already lining up to buy these shoes.

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We just need to know how much and how do we pay. Guarantee that these shoes would be a massive hit. Companies have given us culturally relevant shoes before and they are beloved.

Legit, people just are ready for this kind of heat.

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No one is ready for this kind of fire. There is no way to know that these were shoes that we needed. We never realized how amazing shoes like this could be and now that we’ve seen them, we can’t unsee it. How do we get these done? Do we petition? What are the steps?

Not being able to get these shoes is already bumming people out.

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Like, for real. Feelings are already getting hurt. We need to be able to make these part of our wardrobe. What will it take, Nike?

READ: The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

Video Of A Mariachi Band Serenading A Hospital Full Of Health Workers And Covid-19 Patients In Mexico Goes Viral And OMG It’s Amazing

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Video Of A Mariachi Band Serenading A Hospital Full Of Health Workers And Covid-19 Patients In Mexico Goes Viral And OMG It’s Amazing

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Like the rest of the world, Mexico has been struggling during the Coronavirus pandemic. But as most of the country is in lockdown, tens of thousands of healthcare workers are on the frontlines. They’re logging long and hard hours – putting themselves at a huge risk to confront this growing beast.

From New York to Milan, and now in Mexico City, creative residents have come up with moving tributes to these heroes.

With few audiences to play to these days, a group of Mariachi players staged a show outside one of Mexico City’s largest hospitals.

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Plaza Garibaldi, in the historical center of Mexico City, is typically a Mariachi haven. There are usually hundreds of bands roving the square for willing customers asking for classic Mariachi hits – and it can be a lucrative job.

But on Tuesday, about 120 mariachis got together at a hospital to serenade those affected by the pandemic.

Julio César Barragán, the National Mariachi Association spokesman, said that the goal of the musicians was to lift the spirits of patients and health care workers at Mexico’s National Institute of Respiratory Diseases.

“We did this to give encouragement, solidarity and hope to the sick and to medical staff,” Barragán said, according to Mexican news portal Eje Central.

Obviously, such a powerful tribute quickly started going viral.

Wearing face masks (which trumpeters lowered temporarily in order to play their instruments) and maintaining a “healthy distance” from each other, the musicians assembled outside the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, where they played a range of classic mariachi songs.

The serenata coincided with World Health Day, a World Health Organization initiative whose main purpose this year is to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives and remind world leaders of the critical role they play in keeping the world healthy.

The show of support comes at a time when most street musicians in Mexico City struggle with unemployment.

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Demand for Mariachis has fallen by 70%, as the COVID-19 crisis dealt a serious blow to the tourism industry in the capital.

“The situation is very critical,” according to Antonio Guzmán, a 35-year mariachi veteran in Mexico City. Adding: “I used to arrive at Plaza Garibaldi at 10 in the morning and leave at 8 at night. Now, with coronavirus, I have to arrive earlier, around 8 in the morning, without having had breakfast and I go home at 10 or 11 with nothing in my stomach,” he said.

“Sometimes I arrive home with my hands empty,” added Guzmán.

According to the Mexican newspaper Milenio, starting Thursday the mariachi association will start offering events on an online platform to raise money for the more than 2,000 families of mariachi musicians affected by the pandemic.

At the same time these healthcare workers are being celebrated, others across the country are facing discrimination.

According to a report by El Universal, fake news and ignorance are creating a hostile environment for healthcare workers across the country. Many are being discriminaed against, threatened, and even attacked.

Just days ago, residents in Morelos state (just south of Mexico City) protested outside a public hospital demanding Covid-19 patients not be treated in their city – they even threatened to burn down the building. One protester, even threatened the head doctor with being burned alive.

Healthcare workers have even stopped wearing their uniforms on their way to and from work for fear of being attacked.