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An All-Latina Mariachi Deserves An Oscar For This Rendition Of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Mexicanas stay killing the game this year.

This year at the Oscars, Mexicans gave just about every nominee a run for their money. Yalitza Aparicio offered up heavy competition to some of Hollywood’s most veteran actresses, including Glenn Close for the Best Actress category. Alfonso Cuarón gave Spike Lee a reason to sweat when the category for Best Director came up. And while the Oscars season is completely over, I’d tell “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Best Actor award winner Rami Malek to watch his back.

In a video gone viral this week, Latinas part of the mariachi group Innovación Mexicana covered Queen’s beloved hit “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The 11-member group sang the son g for fans twice. Once in an outdoor venue where onlookers watched in delight as they belted out the complex notes of the song once sung by Freddie Mercury and another time in a polished video.

The mariachi renditions of the song are equal parts lively and poignant, all that the mariachi-style is beloved for.

The different versions will for real bring you to tears.


Users on Youtube have been stunned by how amazing the band is. “Freddie would be delighted. Freddie hubiera encantado,” one user wrote.

Seriously! Have a watch.


Just about any big event hosted by Latinxs is bound to have three things: delicious food, drinks to get the party going, and some great tunes. Mariachi performances are especially a party favorite. In fact, they can be found at all kinds of events such as quinceañeras, festivals and even funerals. While the genre has been popular in Mexico since the 18th century, we’ve started to see women make their mark on Mariachi music. These mujeres bring beauty, talent, stage presence and innovation to a genre of music that often excluded them. As a matter of fact, they’re proving that Mariachi is a girl’s game.

Here are some badass all-mujer Mariachi bands that put your tio’s old favs to shame.

Mariachi Margaritas

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These Brownsville beauties are spreading their brand of Mariachi music all across South Texas. While they’ve toured through the Rio Grande Valley area, Mariachi Margaritas has also dipped down into Guadalajara, Mexico. During that time, they played alongside Mexican celebrities Pedro Fernandez, Pablo Montero and Flor Amargo.

Flor de Toloache

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Back in 2008, Flor de Toloache made history as New York City’s first all-female mariachi group. This group’s members embody the diversity of the Latinidad; hailing from Germany, the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia, Cuba, Italy and Australia. Not to mention, Flor de Toloache even won a Latin Grammy in 2017 for their Ranchero album “Las Caras Lindas.”

Mariachi Las Catrinas

@mariachilascatrinas / Instagram

Located in Los Angeles, this Mariachi band is committed to bringing fun and musica to the masses. Their brand of Mariachi has enabled the band to toured all over California. Additionally, Las Catrinas have preformed many times across Mexico.

Mariachi Las Adelitas

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Located in London, Mariachi Las Adelitas proves that the Latinidad truly is international. Having toured all over the world, this band has played for the Mexican and U.S. Embassies in the UK, IKEA, the British Museum, and Disney.

Mariachi Mujer Latina

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This Mariachi band from Guadalajara has performed throughout North America from Vancouver to California to all over Mexico. In fact, Mujer Latina even performed on live television and have appeared on “Luján en Vivo” and “Cantares y Costumbres.”

Mariachi Rosas Divinas

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Mariachi Rosas Divinas was founded in 2004 as Dallas’s first and only all-woman Mariachi band. While they’ve played all over Texas, their brand of musica has taken them across the states from Chicago, Michigan, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

Las Colibrí

@lascolibri / Instagram

Inspired by the iconic beauties of 40s and 50s Mexican cinema, these Hummingbirds have a stylish flare all their own. Like traditional early 20th century Mariachi, Las Colibrí similarly features an all-string instrumental arrangement.

Mariachi Pasión

@mariachipasion / Instagram

Mariachi Pasión started in a music class at Arizona State University in 2002. Their first gig was a performance for a member’s relative. However, they’ve come a long way; playing for former Mexican President Vicente Fox, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos and the Phoenix Suns.

Veronica Robles’ Female Mariachi

@veronicaroblesmariachi / Instagram

Veronica Robles started Boston’s first all-mujer Mariachi band in 2000. Widely recognized by music authorities as the most authentic representation of Mexican music in New England, Robles is know by fans as La Mera or The Real One. Moreover, her assembled band is made up of extremely talented women from around the world.

Mariachi Las Alteñas

@mariachilasaltenas / Instagram

This Tejana group was founded in 2002 in San Antonio, a positively city rich in Mexican culture and arts. While Las Alteñas preform their songs, they also interpret them for their audiences using elaborate choreography.

La Victoria

@music.la.victoria / Instagram

La Victoria is a trio of L.A. Chicanas who blend Mariachi traditions and contemporary life into their music. Created with their violin, guitar and guitarrón, this music embodies the a simple but powerful approach to Mariachi music.

Mariachi Guerrera Quetzalli

Texas’ Mariachi Guerrera Quetzalli is a ten mujer-strong San Antonio Mariachi band. Additionally to providing beautiful music for their fans, their goal is to empower women in the genre of Mariachi music.


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Ariana Grande Received a Serenata from a Mariachi Band In Honor of the Success of “thank u, next”

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Ariana Grande Received a Serenata from a Mariachi Band In Honor of the Success of “thank u, next”

For the most part, Mexicanas are well aware of the power and healing that a good song can provide. Particularly when its delivered by a mariachi band. It’s why when news that Ariana Grande’s friends decided to help her celebrate the success of her latest song “thank, u next,” a song that debuted soon after her breakup with her fiance Pete Davidson, with a mariachi band we weren’t surprised.

In celebration of the song’s instant success, her close friends hired a mariachi band to serenade Grande at her home last week with a twist packed with Mexicanidad.

“Thank u, next”  co-writers Tayla Parx and Victoria Monét marked the success of  Grande’s latest hit by treating her with a special serenade by a mariachi band.

The pop star took to Twitter to share a clip of the surprise from her friends on writing in the caption  “yoooooooooo i can’t believe my friends got me a mariachi band last night,” she wrote. “that s— was wild. i think that’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me.”

It’s obvious from Grande’s Twitter reaction that she appreciated the Mariachi as much as a born-and-bred chicana:

Grande who is actually of Scillian descent, sang along to the mariachi version of her new song and played around with her friends as the song played.

On Twitter, Grande stated that her friends hiring a Mariachi band was “the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me”.

Grande, who admits she was “a little tipsy” on Thursday night, documented the entire musical surprise on her Twitter account. In the video, as her friends lead her to the Mariachi band who has yet to start playing, it seems Grande is equal parts excited and nervous at what’s to come. We hear her saying, “Where are we going? I’m so scared! I hate surprises”, and before she can say anything else, she turns to see the full Mariachi band launch into a cover of “thank u, next” while her friends clap and sing along.

Needless to say, the reaction of her fans on Twitter was everything:

And fortunately Latinas were around to give Grande a lesson in the cultural significance of a mariachi serenade:

As many Latinas know, when a mariachi band sings in honor of someone, it’s called a serenata and is a Mexican tradition. The mariachi band is a Latinx tradition that is as fun as it is heartfelt. And those of us who have been in the presence of a mariachi band under circumstances know that they have a way of making any gathering feel like a party. Because Mariachis are often hired to pay tribute to someone, and it’s obvious that Grande’s friends felt that all of her hard work deserved the kind of toast that only Mariachis can deliver.

Others saw it as an opportunity to introduce Grande to their own cultures.

Some Latinas wished they were lucky enough to have their own mariachi band:

The song “thank u, next”, which revolves around Grande’s learning and growth from her past relationships, has become an international sensation. Not only did it debut at No.1 on the Billboard charts–Ariana’s first ever number one hit– it has also become a cultural phenomenon, even spawning an internet meme inspired by the lyrics “one taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain”.

As for us, we’re hoping the Mariachi cover of “thank u, next” shows up on iTunes any day now.

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These Mariachi Bands Have All-Female Lineups And Will Warm Your Heart

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These Mariachi Bands Have All-Female Lineups And Will Warm Your Heart

Just about any big event hosted by Latinxs is bound to have three things: delicious food, drinks to get the party going, and some great tunes. Mariachi performances are especially a party favorite. In fact, they can be found at all kinds of events such as quinceañeras, festivals and even funerals. While the genre has been popular in Mexico since the 18th century, we’ve started to see women make their mark on Mariachi music. These mujeres bring beauty, talent, stage presence and innovation to a genre of music that often excluded them. As a matter of fact, they’re proving that Mariachi is a girl’s game.

Here are some badass all-mujer Mariachi bands that put your tio’s old favs to shame.

1. Mariachi Margaritas

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These Brownsville beauties are spreading their brand of Mariachi music all across South Texas. While they’ve toured through the Rio Grande Valley area, Mariachi Margaritas has also dipped down into Guadalajara, Mexico. During that time, they played alongside Mexican celebrities Pedro Fernandez, Pablo Montero and Flor Amargo.

2. Flor de Toloache

https://www.instagram.com/p/BmuddzaHusm/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=f1085i5spscy

Back in 2008, Flor de Toloache made history as New York City’s first all-female mariachi group. This group’s members embody the diversity of the Latinidad; hailing from Germany, the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Columbia, Cuba, Italy and Australia. Not to mention, Flor de Toloache even won a Latin Grammy in 2017 for their Ranchero album “Las Caras Lindas.”

3. Mariachi Las Catrinas

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpQtaX6Bi55/?taken-by=mariachilascatrinas

Located in Los Angeles, this Mariachi band is committed to bringing fun and musica to the masses. Their brand of Mariachi has enabled the band to toured all over California. Additionally, Las Catrinas have preformed many times across Mexico.

4. Mariachi Las Adelitas

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Located in London, Mariachi Las Adelitas proves that the Latinidad truly is international. Having toured all over the world, this band has played for the Mexican and U.S. Embassies in the UK, IKEA, the British Museum, and Disney.

5. Mariachi Mujer Latina

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn4Jn9qhBzH/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=zushclh30r2l

This Mariachi band from Guadalajara has performed throughout North America from Vancouver to California to all over Mexico. In fact, Mujer Latina even performed on live television and have appeared on “Luján en Vivo” and “Cantares y Costumbres.”

6. Mariachi Rosas Divinas

https://www.instagram.com/p/BnkcmP-BjDo/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=axibubaks6j7

Mariachi Rosas Divinas was founded in 2004 as Dallas’s first and only all-woman Mariachi band. While they’ve played all over Texas, their brand of musica has taken them across the states from Chicago, Michigan, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

7. Las Colibrí

https://www.instagram.com/p/BpM75Dehpsz/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=2ylj389qubdi

Inspired by the iconic beauties of 40s and 50s Mexican cinema, these Hummingbirds have a stylish flare all their own. Like traditional early 20th century Mariachi, Las Colibrí similarly features an all-string instrumental arrangement.

8. Mariachi Pasión

https://www.instagram.com/p/BkwAq9kDfTk/?taken-by=mariachipasion

Mariachi Pasión started in a music class at Arizona State University in 2002. Their first gig was a performance for a member’s relative. However, they’ve come a long way; playing for former Mexican President Vicente Fox, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos and the Phoenix Suns.

9. Veronica Robles’ Female Mariachi

https://www.instagram.com/p/Blq1TTRHQbH/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1mtep6si6cbho

Veronica Robles started Boston’s first all-mujer Mariachi band in 2000. Widely recognized by music authorities as the most authentic representation of Mexican music in New England, Robles is know by fans as La Mera or The Real One. Moreover, her assembled band is made up of extremely talented women from around the world.

10. Mariachi Las Alteñas

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb2rWmmHyP_/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1k2uy4438fu4l

This Tejana group was founded in 2002 in San Antonio, a positively city rich in Mexican culture and arts. While Las Alteñas preform their songs, they also interpret them for their audiences using elaborate choreography.

11. La Victoria

https://www.instagram.com/p/BikuC0egEUg/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=166q9o0bm9w83

La Victoria is a trio of L.A. Chicanas who blend Mariachi traditions and contemporary life into their music. Created with their violin, guitar and guitarrón, this music embodies the a simple but powerful approach to Mariachi music.

12. Mariachi Guerrera Quetzalli

https://www.instagram.com/p/BQjWOBnFG_V/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=wzsc4cyoa98l

Texas’ Mariachi Guerrera Quetzalli is a ten mujer-strong San Antonio Mariachi band. Additionally to providing beautiful music for their fans, their goal is to empower women in the genre of Mariachi music.

Read: Mandy Gonzalez and Lin-Manuel Miranda Pair Up With Broadway Stars To Make Charity Record for Separated Families

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