By: Rosarito Town Crier
Source: Rosarito Town Crier
Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. Mariachi Divas are a unique, multi-cultural, all female ensemble, imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles and have been represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Guatemalan, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Tongan and Anglo descents. Cindy Shea states, "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds". In 2009, Mariachi Divas won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album of the year for their 2008 release, Canciones De Amor. This marked the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group had been a nominee, or of course, a winner.
The Divas are proud to announce the national distribution of all seven of their CDs through Shea Records and East Side Records. Their CD, 10 Aniversario, released in June 2009 was nominated for a Grammy Award which was a wonderful way to commemorate the group's tenth year as Mariachi Divas. In June 2010 the Divas released their 6th CD, "Viva La Diva", and most recent in June 2011 the Divas celebrated the release of "Orale" where once again the Divas have been nominated for a Grammy under category Best Regional Mexican Album of the Year.
The Divas had the honor of performing at the inaugurations of Los Angeles mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa and California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Since then, the Divas have performed for several prestigious city and state events, including a February 2008 performance in Sacramento for a luncheon with Governor Schwarzenegger and the President of Mexico. Also in February 2008, the Divas were invited by Senator Hillary Clinton to her Los Angeles presidential campaign rally, where they performed live on C-SPAN. In November 2008, the Divas performed for the President of South Korea. One of the group's most memorable experiences was the honor of surprising international music star, Luis Miguel with the traditional Mexican birthday song, "Las Mañanitas" on his birthday in 2007.
The Divas have taken roles as actors in three independent films which include an Art Film with Lila Downs, Dead Man's Shoe and also, La Dentista, in which music from their CD was used in the movie's soundtrack. In 2008, Mariachi Divas were featured performers in an art film with Lila Downs, called Ren, directed by world-renowned artist, Matthew Barney. The Divas rendition of the Ricky Martin hit, "La Bomba" was used in a film released in 2008 called, Julia. Mariachi Divas also have two of their Christmas songs featured on Hallmark Cards with Music- "Mi Burrito Sabanero" and "Año Viejo".
Since September 2003, as the official mariachis of Disney in Anaheim, the Divas continue to perform 7 days a week for audiences of all ages, while strolling throughout the streets of Disney's California Adventure.
Mariachi Divas' musicians are currently endorsed by LP Percussion, Zeta Music, IntellitouchTuners, Soundback Acoustic Monitors, CodaBow International, Marcinkiewicz, Bella Strings and LPD Music.
The Mariachi Divas will be appearing at The 3rd Annual Rosarito Beach International Mariachi & Folklórico Festival, October 3 through October 7th, 2012.