For more than a century, music, dance, car culture, and clothing styles have brought the state’s Mexican Americans, African Americans, whites, and Asian Americans together and inspired new forms of expression. The state’s diverse cultural influences have always shaped the sound of Mexican music in California. That remains true today. With new artists rising to channel the state’s unique cultural energy, California remains a rich and dynamic home for Mexican American music.
With wide-ranging musical influences and a commitment to political activism, Ozomatli embodies the multiculturalism of Los Angeles.
La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia is a female-fronted band whose songs reflect and immerse listeners in the multicultural landscape of Los Angeles.
Founded in 2011 by Jimmy Humilde, José “JB” Becerra, and Roque “Rocky” Venegas, Rancho Humilde is a record label boasting over 80 acts.
A Spanish language record label founded by Ángel del Villar in 2008, DEL Records makes its home in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens.
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is the first LBGTQ+ mariachi in the world.
Hailing from East Los Angeles, this bilingual Chicano rock band expertly fuses son jarocho from the state of Veracruz with contemporary sounds driven by the raw emotion and communal element of a fandango.