Mexican American roots group Los Cenzontles (The Mockingbirds) will release nine singles in two week intervals beginning March 18, 2016.
It will cover classic songs by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Randy Newman, ELO, Jimi Hendrix, The Killers, Robert Palmer, The Pogues & Sixto Rodriguez using Latin American instruments and rhythms.
Los Cenzontles founder Eugene Rodriguez grew up third generation Mexican American in Southern California in the 1960’s and 70’s. At family parties he and his brother played rock songs while his uncles and aunts played mariachi music. Rodriguez says, “Los Cenzontles has always been about bridging cultural gaps. This project is another leg of that journey.”
Los Cenzontles (pronounced los senn-sont-less) has made a name for themselves among music aficionados across the US and in Europe creating roots music, cross-cultural projects, collaborating on record and live with David Hidalgo, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, and The Chieftains, among others. Their media productions have been broadcast nationally on PBS. Their YouTube Channel hosts hundreds of video shorts.
For the past 26 years Los Cenzontles has explored Mexican American identity, culture and traditions through their 23 albums, videos and educational projects.
Their community Cultural Arts Academy has trained countless young people from their working class neighborhood of San Pablo and Richmond, CA including the musicians that make up Los Cenzontles performing group.
The singles will be available on major digital distribution and streaming services.
PRESS QUOTES ABOUT LOS CENZONTLES:
Los Cenzontles “both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly American.” — New York Times
“A rousing call for bi-cultural pride.” – National Geographic
“Los Cenzontles is a factory of culture.” – NPR, Morning Edition
“Los Cenzontles brings traditional music into the modern age. The entire history of their people comes to the stage with them, taking the old country ways into the city streets and a new century. The real deal -living culture.” –Joel Selvin, SF Chronicle
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