The lively Mexican music band Cascada de Flores (Cascade of Flowers) features singer Arwen Lawrence and guitarist Jorge Liceaga, who are well-known not only for their stage shows for grown-ups, but also for award-winning children’s concerts. They are joined by Miguel Govea (of La Familia Peña-Govea).
For all ages they combine a wide range of regional Mexican styles, classic songs, and some originals. Their songs speak of the diversity of roots in Mexico and Mexicans in the U.S. and of indigenous, Spanish, and African roots.
Cascada de Flores’ most recent recording, “Radio Flor,” is dedicated to the early days of Latin American radio. In tonight’s concert they may also revive songs recorded by Los Madrugadores, the most famous Mexican-American band of the 1930s, featuring Pedro J. González. According to the historical CD of their music on Arhoolie Records, “Their immense popularity grew from daily radio broadcasts at dawn to the marginalized working-class Mexican-American communities of Los Angeles, and jukebox exposure and record sales in farm-worker communities throughout Depression-era Southern California. González used his talents and airwave access to agitate for social justice for Spanish speakers in the Southwest, predictably running afoul of white authority. In 1934, in full career, he was framed on concocted charges that brought six years’ imprisonment.” He was deported to Mexico in 1940, where he became a Tijuana radio star for the next 30 years. He was one of those who inspired and paved the way for Cesar Chavez and the UFW.
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