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On Cinco de Mayo: Albany's Own All-Female Mariachi Band Celebrates Leadership in the Arts

Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano is the first all-female mariachi in San Francisco and the northern Bay Area. Read more about these performers below the video.

The 12-piece Mariachi Femenil Orgullo Mexicano is the first all-female mariachi collaborative in San Francisco and the northern Bay Area. Founded in 2007, they have rapidly been grabbing attention and turning heads by performing at local community events and private parties.

The collaborative's representative, Lilia Chavez, says their mission is to lead by example and honor Mexican culture, mariachi tradition and women in the arts. Chavez said they must respect and carry on the gifts that the ancestors left them. Many of the members have family that play mariachi.

They come from all over the Bay Area and practice in Albany, where one of the members lives, and South San Francisco, "to give the neighbors a break," said Chavez.

Find the band on Facebook and on its website here.

Lauren Edwards May 05, 2011 at 05:25 PM
AWESOME! Go, girls!
Laurie Roberts May 05, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Great music, great message, great video! I especially love the parting shot- like a Mariachi Abbey Road!
Emilie Raguso May 05, 2011 at 07:36 PM
This just in -- For 5 de Mayo we will be playing tonight at Chilayo Restaurant in SF. Thursday, May 5 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm. Chilayo Sabor Mexicano, 2150 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA.
Nancy Kelsey May 06, 2011 at 01:52 PM
Love the music! Great video, Russel!
Russel Albert Daniels May 06, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Thanks Nancy. It was a lot of fun to make.

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