Los Cenzontles Music and Films Highlight the Watsonville Film Festival’s Celebrando La Cultura

Los Cenzontles was proud to collaborate with the Watsonville Film Festival and the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts to celebrate Mexican culture and honor farmworkers with a four-day roster of virtual films and live performances.

The Watsonville Film Festival provided free screening of eight films from Los Cenzontles Productions including our recent documentary release, Linda and the Mockingbirds. In addition, an online filmmakers Q&A gave fans an opportunity to meet Los Cenzontles director and producer Eugene Rodriguez and filmmakers Ricardo BraojosMaureen GoslingJames HallAshley James and Mark Kohr.

The event culminated in a wonderful live performance by Los Cenzontles, featuring Los Originarios del Plan (arpa grande), and Estrellas de Esperanza (ballet folklorico juvenil) at the Watsonville City Plaza!

Los Cenzontles Productions Releases “Somebody Please” Music Video, with All-Star Support

On Cinco de Mayo, Los Cenzontles Productions released the latest music video “Somebody Please” featuring David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, and La Marisoul, all of whom appear in support of Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy.

Our release of this R&B classic is in celebration of Chicano culture, and to pay homage to the late Manuel “Big Manny” Gonzales of East LA band The Blazers. Originally released by The Vanguards in 1966, “Somebody Please” was passionately adopted by Chicanos in East Los Angeles and covered by The Blazers featuring “Big Manny” Manuel Gonzales, who passed in 2016.

Click here to check it out the video!

Son Jarocho Video Premiere with Eugene & La Marisoul

We are proud to present the music video El Pajaro Cu, a passionately contemplative rendition of a traditional son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico,
performed by our director Eugene Rodriguez and celebrated singer La Marisoul.

Filmed by Armando Aparicio and TJ Reid and edited by Jean-Louis Droulers, the video is set in natural and urban areas of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles: two regions in which this rural style of the son jarocho has taken root and where the artists live and work.

We are proud of the work that Los Cenzontles has done to introduce the rural fandango jarocho to California since the 1980’s. The El Pajaro Cu video, along with our ongoing son jarocho classes, are part of this wonderful living tradition.

WATCH THE VIDEO BY CLICKING HERE.

Best of the Bay 2020 Award from 48Hills

Editors at 48Hills, the Bay Area’s independent, alternative news and culture site, has selected Los Cenzontles as one of their “Best of the Bay” picks for 2020.

We’re grateful to 48Hills for the honor. To read the article on Los Cenzontles, click here!

Linda and the Mockingbirds to be Released Digitally October 20th

The highly-anticipated new documentary Linda and the Mockingbirds will be released digitally on October 20th by Shout! Studios and PCH Films.

The film captures Los Cenzontles’ 2019 road trip with Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, and a tour bus full of Los Cenzontles students to the small town of Banámichi in the Mexican state of Sonora, where Linda’s grandfather grew up.

The film also features the stories of Los Cenzontles members and families going back 20 years.

You can preorder Linda and the Mockingbirds on iTunes by clicking here! To learn more about the documentary Linda and The Mockingbirds, visit lindaandthemockingbirds.com

And check out the film’s trailer below…