Mariachi music originated in Mexico, consists of string, brass and wind instruments and is a genre typically dominated by men. But rules are meant to be broken. Enter Mariachi Flor de Toloache, New York City’s only all female mariachi group.
Named after a flower native to Mexico, the band consists of a rotating number of female musicians from all over the world. I had an opportunity to talk with one of the bands singers, Shae Fiol, about how people react to the band, the vihuela she was playing (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) and how some of the men in the mariachi scene treat her and her band mates.
Talking about female mariachis and how rare they are.
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Shae Fiol talking about the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated mariachi scene.
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Flor de Toloache playing the song La Tequilera at an outdoor festival this October.