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October 1, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
with Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Lila Downs with Mariachi Flor de Toloache
In her first appearance at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater, Lila Downs will perform songs from her new release, Balas y Chocolate. In what is perhaps her most personal release, the songs of Balas y Chocolate are danceable fusions of mostly cumbias, klezmer-like norteña, hip hop and pop, but also powerfully anchored in socially conscious lyrics. Downs has shared that the album was inspired by both “the Day of the Dead offering and celebration, and also from my personal dance with my partner’s possible death.” Lila Downs performances are always emotionally driven and deeply felt. They are lively, dramatic, amusing, and passionate, easily garnering a tear or laugh, sometimes simultaneously, as only Downs knows how to do.
As presented in the New Yorks Times, The New Yorker, on NPR, MTV Iggy, NBC, and Univision, Mariachi Flor de Toloache makes New York City history as its’ first and only all female mariachi band. Founded in 2008, Mariachi flor de Toloache is codirected by lead singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today the band performs as a full mariachi ensemble.The members’ different cultural backgrounds span the globe which defines their unique sound and appearance: from Mexico to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. The end result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.
Ticket Prices: $38.50-$68.50