Los Cenzontles. Photo by Mike Melnyk
"[Los Cenzontles] both honors and upends traditional Mexican music, tapping deep roots as it flowers into something completely new, and distinctly America." —The New York Times
Los Cenzontles ("The Mockingbirds" in Nahuatl) dig deep into Latino traditions, bringing Mexican traditions to new generations. Pioneering a powerful new hybrid sound and creating a fresh Chicano voice, the group also promotes cultural pride and understanding.
Fronting the group is the dynamic vocal dueto of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez. Los Cenzontles effortlessly mix electric bass and drums with traditional Mexican instruments—jarana, vihuela, requinto, pandero, and quijada (jawbone)—creating a contemporary sound infused with the gutsy soul of Mexico’s rural roots music.
The group’s core members also operate Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center in San Pablo, California, which has been training area youths in traditional Mexican music, dance, and crafts since 1994.