The brightly colored feathers of the guacamaya in flight inspire son jarocho musicians in Veracruz, Mexico. But what animals do jarana-strumming Chicanos sing of when they live in LA's mass urban sprawl? The question sparked Quetzanimales, the first concept album for Grammy-award winning East Los band Quetzal.
"Son jarocho has been a huge part of the music that we've created over many years," says singer Martha Gonzalez. The centuries-old tradition has always been lyrically informed by the natural world around it. "We started thinking about our landscape, nature, and the animals that we cohabitate with."More »