Y La Bamba

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Y La Bamba is an enigmatic indie folk-pop project fronted and led by singer and songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza. With vocals suing in both English and Spanish, her group's sound weds Mexican folk styles from mariachi, nueva canciones, and norteño to trippy American folk-rock and dreamy indie pop with songs that center on themes of spirituality, romantic and familial love, and social justice. While Y La Bamba's earlier releases showcased a sound that flitted effortlessly between airy, raw indie rock to lo-fi, post-psychedelic Americana, 2012's Court the Storm fully integrated Mexican cumbia and nuevo canciones into the mix. Y La Bamba continued to expand their idiosyncratic musical approach on albums like 2019's defiant Mujeres and 2023's Lucha.

Portland, OR, United States

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