Carla Morrison, Ibeyi to Play 2016 Coachella

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Singer Carla Morrison in 2015.

San Diego "Cholo goth" duo Prayers also makes SoCal fest line up

The beloved torch singer of Mexico’s alternative music scene, Carla Morrison, will surely find plenty of fans among the crowd at Coachella this coming April -- and they’re the same fans who may be asking where the rest of the Latin artists are this year at the SoCal festival.

Ibeyi, the French-born twins of Cuban heritage who’ve been buzzing internationally since releasing their first album last year, is a notable name on the just-released line-up, headlined by Guns N’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem, and Calvin Harris. The bill also includes "Cholo goth" duo Prayers, and the Brooklyn-based, Buenos-Aires born singer-songwriter Tei Shi (Valerie Teicher), who performs in English.

Coachella’s Latin tinge has paled since the festival hosted the reunion of Mexican proto-rockers Caifanes in 2011. Cafe Tacvba, Molotov, Kinky, and Bomba Estereo have also played in past years, giving Coachella a reputation as a festival that seemed to get the fact that featuring Latin Alternative acts in an area with a huge Latino population would make sense.

Last year, Latinos were represented with performances by Bay Area Panamanian-rooted rappers Los Rakas and Los Angeles-based Chicano Batman Tijuana’s Nortec Collective, acts that made a lot of sense in the context of Coachella’s relationship to the make up of the local scene although the Spanish-speaking heavy hitters were missing.

That momentum continues in 2016 with Morrison, who has a strong Southern California fan base, and Prayers, from San Diego. Ibeyi, whose ethereal sound includes English and Yoruba lyrics, brings a more cosmopolitan flavor to the festival. But with so much happening in the Latin indie scene all over the world, and at a time when the term "crossover" is all but extinct, the line up comes still comes up short.

Coachella 2016