[video] Los Cenzontles Juvenil Perform “El Abuelo” // Richmond

New Music Video: Los Cenzontles Juvenil Perform El Abuelo.

We’re pleased to present a new music video featuring 16-year-old Claudia Velazquez singing and dancing El Abuelo.

She is accompanied by Belinda Ortega, Camila Ortega, and Natalie Caldera on guitar, and Eric Garcia on electric bass.

El Abuelo is a chilena from Costa Chica. Maestro Silvestre (seen here on percussion) taught this chilena from his homeland in Oaxaca to our advanced students.

You can see a playlist of chilenas performed by our students by clicking here!


See video!


About band:

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for “The Mockingbirds”) dig deep into cultural traditions, creating a vibrant, contemporary sound infused with the gutsy soul of Mexico’s rural roots.

Los Cenzontles (senn-SONT-less) have produced over 30 albums, and have performed across the U.S., in Europe, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and throughout Mexico; they have collaborated with artists including The Chieftains, Los Lobos, Los Tigres del Norte, Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal, among others.

Los Cenzontles’ core members also serve as the programming staff and teachers of Los Cenzontles Academy, where they have been passing on musical traditions to new generations and inviting their students to perform with them on stage and participate in production projects since 1994.



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.


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