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Los Cenzontles


The Los Cenzontles Touring Group is a Mexican-American roots music band recognized worldwide for its contribution to roots music and cross-cultural projects. The four core members of the touring group include founder Eugene Rodriguez, bass-player Emiliano Rodriguez, and the vocal duo of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez. Los Cenzontles promotes the beauty and dignity of Mexico’s diverse cultures across the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe, helping to make visible the traditions of working-class Mexicans. They have presented and revived little-known traditions from various regions of Mexico and collaborated on record and live with renowned artists that include Linda Ronstadt, David Hidalgo, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, Taj Mahal, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The Chieftains, among others. Los Cenzontles Studios has produced 30 albums of traditional Mexican and cross-cultural music, as well as four feature length documentaries. Their media productions have been broadcast nationally on PBS, and their YouTube channel is home to over 400 video shorts featuring stories and songs of heritage and connection enjoyed throughout the world. Celebrating its 30th year, Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy has instructed thousands of young students in the folk traditions of Mexico, and some of those students are now members of the Los Cenzontles Touring Group.

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Video 6/24/2019: Los Cenzontles

Like the multi voiced mockingbird, Los Cenzontles presents music and dance from various regions of Mexico. These include canciones rancheras, corridos, boleros, pirekuas of Indigenous Michoacan, and sones jarochos from Southern Veracruz.