Mariachi Music Has “Herederos” Bringing Its Genre to Future Generations – Annenberg Media


Day of the Dead celebrations kicked off at the ninth annual Día De Los Muertos art festival at the Downey Theatre.

In a vibrant event, the community joined in celebration with face painting, food and music ranging from baile folklorico numbers to salsa sets.

After the fun of face painting and all that happening came the exhilaration of a stellar performance. Lupita Infante performed alongside Mariachi Herencia De Mexico, a Chicago-based mariachi band that is made up mostly of young musicians.

“It has been an incredible journey. I met 13 of the members. We traveled together, so you get to know people well,” said Infante, granddaughter of legendary mariachi music star Pedro Infante.

Infante is a featured artist on the mariachi’s latest album titled “Herederos” and is aware that her collaboration with the group is a pioneering effort for the future of the genre. “It’s not just our job (as musicians), but I feel like it’s our duty. Carry these traditions. So that they are passed on to new generations,” she adds.

With a slew of Latin Grammy nominations and numerous awards under her belt, Infante epitomizes the name of the latest album as she, along with the young mariachi band, seeks to carry forward this legacy of a genre and pass on its emotions to generations. come.

Marco Villela, a sophomore in music education at DePaul University, joined the band after his mother scheduled an audition behind his back. Since then, his love for classical music, jazz and mariachi music has taken him to big stages. At just 19 years old, Villela is one of the oldest members of the group and feels inclined to carry on the legacy of mariachi music.

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“It’s what our parents listen to, it’s what our grandparents listen to,” he says, recalling that before joining the mariachi he wasn’t a big fan of the genre. “Now that we listen to this (music), we appreciate this culture, like the spread of culture,” adds Villela.

At such a young age, Villela is sure to be heir to the music of previous generations. He was part of the group’s first album and remembers a rich first experience in collaboration; with greats like Mariachi Sol from Mexico City, Los Camperos and Mariachi Vargas from Tecalitlan. From collaborating with Camila Cabello on a Christmas special at the White House, to the Univisionarios stage on national TV and even this performance with Lupita Infante. Villela has even toured the country and recognizes that at the start of his career it is unheard of to do such things. “It’s really cool to be able to say that I’m a student and I’m traveling around the world.”

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Like Lupita infante, Marco Villela has put in a lot of effort, sacrifice and commitment to get the most out of his career. From being a jazz enthusiast and not thinking about joining a mariachi, becoming the band’s arranger and composing pieces later performed by greats like Chiquis Rivera, Joss Favela and Jose Manuel Figueroa. With such collaborations, the future of Mariachi music will remain in good hands.


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