While we never really need a day to shout-out artists we love — male or female — today (March 8) is an especially good one to celebrate all-female or female-fronted bands who have broken out in different Latin genres thanks to International Women’s Day.
As ladies all around the world celebrate female empowerment today, add a little Latina flavor to the mix and get to know Fémina, Hinds, Flor de Toloache, Ha*Ash and Los Horoscopos de Durango.
Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Flor de Toloache came onto the New York scene as the city’s first all-female mariachi band, and the group has kept on breaking boundaries: wearing pants instead of the traditional mariachi skirts, singing in English and fusing pop, jazz and R&B with traditional Mexican music.
Fémina has risen fast on the Argentine club scene, and gained a fan and friend in Iggy Pop, who has featured the trio from Patagonia on his BBC6 radio show and recently hosted them at his Miami home. The members of the trio, who often talk about the feminism explicit in their lyrics, have also found a natural following for their unique South American folk-rap-electronic fusion among women.
Madrid-based indie rock band Hinds got a huge “wow, they can really play” buzz at SXSW in 2016, and they will be back for sure-to-be-mobbed shows this year. From 2014, when they opened for The Libertines and the Black Lips, then went on a world tour in 2015 and released their album debut Leave Me Alone in 2016, it was clear they were more than just girls having fun (although-and why not-that is a large part of their appeal). The group’s sophomore album, I Don’t Run, is due out April 6. The first single, “The Club,” is out now:
Hanna and Ashley Pérez Mosa — the pop sister act Ha*ash — have conquered Latin teens and the Billboard charts with romantic reflections like “Perdón Perdón,” and the empowerment anthem “Soy Mujer.”
Los Horoscopos de Durango
Los Horoscopos de Durango looks at the relationship drama that typically inspires Regional Mexican songs from a woman’s perspective. The chart-topping group us fronted by Vicky and Marisol Terrazas, whose father founded the band in Chicago back in 1975. In their videos, the sisters show they are as bad as any of the boys on the current Regional Mexican scene.