Since its birth, rock music has been a sort of boys club with young men at the microphone in far greater frequency than women. That said, there are a few stand-out Latinas who can rock with the best of the guys and we want to celebrate them as they’re few and far between. Let’s take a moment to learn about the Latinas leaving a mark in rock music.
Andrea Echeverri is the lead singer of the Colombian rock band Ateriopelados. She rocks out hard in Spanish with her bandmates Mauricio Montenegro (guitar), Camilo Velazquez (drums), Hector Buitrago (bass guitar) and Urian Sarmiento (percussion). Ateriopelados, which in English means The Velvety, won a Latin Grammy Award in 2001 for Best Alternative Music Album for “Oye” and in 2007 a Latin Grammy Award for Best Rock Album by a Duo or Group with Vocal for their album “Gozo Poderoso.” In addition to her vocals with the band, Echeverri released a self-titled solo album through Nacional Records in 2005. She is nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy for Best Singer-Songwriter for her song “Ruiseñora.”
Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 1972, Ely Guerra has gone from being an aspiring songwriter at age 10 to creator of her own record label, Homey Company. Previously recorded under the EMI and BMG labels, Guerra’s rock music career includes a Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for “Hombre Invisible,” released in 2009. Just this past summer, it’s reported that Guerra completed production on three tracks to be released on a new album with no anticipated distribution date at this time.
An integral part of the musical duo Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Gabriela Quintero’s fast, rhythmic acoustic guitar performance created a cult following on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, a far cry from her hometown of Mexico City, Mexico. Quintero is described as a happy hippie. She’s an entertainer, lives a vegan lifestyle and is an animal rights activist. The duo’s latest album, “Area 52,” was released in early 2012 to mixed reviews, but their 2013 tour had several sold-out shows.
Andrea Echevarri Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gJnXjah4T2c
Ely Guerroro Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBFhGlgtaOY&feature=player_embedded
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