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Maldita Vecindad

July 12, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 11:55 pm

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(Immediamente siguiendo ¡Gaytino!) Originalmente de la Ciudad de México los leyendos tienen un estilo distinto de ska fusionado con ritmos tradicionales mexicanos, rock y folk.

Two short years following the great Mexico City earthquake of 1985, Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio released their first album, and had instant success. With its ska rhythms fused with traditional rock and Mexican folk, their self-titled album gave new life to a stagnant Mexican rock scene and a voice to the silent youth who fell victims to corruption, ridicule and degradation.

Off the stage, Maldita works closely with organizations that fight for human rights and the autonomy of the indigenous peoples. However, they do not see themselves as social activist. “We believe our music to be a form of expression that encompasses everything which is artistic” says Rocco, lead singer of Maldita Vecindad. “It can be anything from the music, to the lyrics, to a very personal form of expression that could be as specific as to the way a person chooses to dress, speak, or choose tattoos. It’s all of the modifications that we make to our body.”

Maldita stands among the few internationally successful groups to take a social stand through their music. In an era in which musicians are vying for commercial success and recognition in the form of spots on the top video countdowns and billboard charts, Maldita’s music serves a social purpose. Maldita has not stopped short of criticizing the Mexican government for its corruption and negligence of Mexico’s indigenous peoples. “In our lyrics we speak from the point of view of any citizen, as if we were walking down the street. We write about what it is we see, what it is we live. We write about how we live in a country where there’s a strong social imbalance and heavy corruption- and a lot of institutional violence. If you speak what you live, then you end up speaking about those themes… with music you can also transmit really intimate feelings, like love or separation, which is a technique we utilize very much”

“Africa and America are united by the beat of the drum,” says Rocco as he stands before a sold out crowd at a recent concert at the Palace Theatre in Hollywood, California. Music is our universal culture; it is through music that all of us are united. Music is also the tool Maldita Vecindad has chosen to create awareness for social issues in their native Mexico. While some may mosh in the pit, jump in their place or dance with their partners, the music played carries a deeper meaning than their catchy melodies. Throughout fourteen-year career Maldita Vecindad has dedicated themselves to contributing to social change all the while creating great music.

Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio es un grupo musical mexicano, formado en la Ciudad de México que fusiona ritmos como el rock, el ska, el reggae, el punk e influencias tradicionales de la música mexicana como el danzón y el bolero. Son pioneros en Latinoamérica por hacer rock con fusión como Mano Negra o Los Fabulosos Cadillacs. Fundado en 1985, es uno de los grupos más influyentes, y precursores del rock mexicano actual.

Se hicieron populares con temas como Pachuco y Kumbala, por mencionar algunas. Incorporaron a su música y atuendos influencias de la década de los cincuenta como la cultura chicana, los pachucos y los zoot suits.


July 12, 2015
7:00 pm - 11:55 pm
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Rialto Theatre
318 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States


Rialto Theatre