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All-Female Mariachi Bands Are Trailblazers For Latinas

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05:  Judith Merillo (L) Esmeralda Garcia (2nd-L) Guillermo Nunez (C) Mariana Nanez and Ileana Garcia (R)  members of the all-female strolling Mariachi band, Ellas Son, perform at Los Angeles Farmer Market during Cinco de Mayo festivities on May 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Nunez was filling for the recovering injured female base player who was shot in the arm at a Mexican restaurant two weeks ago. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 05: Judith Merillo (L) Esmeralda Garcia (2nd-L) Guillermo Nunez (C) Mariana Nanez and Ileana Garcia (R) members of the all-female strolling Mariachi band, Ellas Son, perform at Los Angeles Farmer Market during Cinco de Mayo festivities on May 5, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Nunez was filling for the recovering injured female base player who was shot in the arm at a Mexican restaurant two weeks ago. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the 1862 Mexican victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)  (2011 Getty Images)

Female mariachi singers have always been a minority, noticed more for novelty than their music. But today, a growing number of all-female mariachi groups are elevating the traditionally male-dominated genre and gaining acclaim.

That said, though, women still have a relatively small part of the guitarrón pie. And although women often sit in with all-male groups, it’s almost unheard of for them to become full members of those bands.

To read more about all-female mariachi bands, visit Latina.

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