Thisfunktional Magazine Latin Beat: Los Cenzontles tap into their roots to bring traditional Latin folk to a new generation

Los Cenzontles. photo-Mike Melnyk 2015

Wrtten by Jesus Figueroa

Classic Latin folk music is brought to the 21st century through the album “Alma Campirana” (Country Soul) performed by Los Cenzontles ( The Mockingbirds).

The great selection of vintage Mexican song, from rancheras to corridos, are fantastic for the new generation listening to the album and to the older generation who may know the originals.

“La Rielera” shows the great combination of the two vocalist Fabiola Trujillo and Luciana Rodriguez.

The spectacular duets on every song have a melodic style which many of the vintage corridos are known for.

Luciana Rodriguez plays Mexican guitars vihuela and guitarra de golpe as well as zapateado, percussion dance.

“Pelo de Oror” showcases more of the great instrumentals by Eugene Rodriguez on a 12-string guitar and Emiliano on bass. The instruments are well played and give the feel of an older music which fans of the classic music will enjoy.

Much of the music has the same tone and give the impression of listening to a classic Mexican folk album.

“El Polvorete” is a great song which brings the fantastic duet of the two vocalist with a great accompaniment by the instruments behind them.

The track list includes some fantastic songs which represent the vintage folk of Mexico well and include some amazing vocals and instrumentals.

“Paloma Querida” is one of the slower tracks which give Eugene Rodriguez a chance to really show the beauty of the 12-string guitar.

Los Cenzotles are based in San Pablo, California, in the San Francisco east bay area.

The classic sound of Los Cenzontles brings vintage music out of the past and to the ears of the present generation which has no music like it.

“Alma Campirana” is available now.

For more on Los Cenzontles visit, “Like” on, follow on twitter @Loscenzontles and

Watch some videos at

Check out more from Thisfunktional Magazine Volume 02 Issue 03:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.