Left to right: Jaqueline Malagón (Sonido La Dama), Mari Aco (La China de Otumba), Javita Perez (Sonido Fiesta Bacana), Marisol Mendoza Gomez and Viridiana Fuentes (Sonido Cataleya). Mendoza founded Musas Sonideras in 2017 to bring together the small population of women playing music in Mexico’s sonidero scene. Photos: Alicia Vera

Musas Sonideras may not be as well-known as their male counterparts, but they are making waves with fans and skeptics alike

MMarisol Mendoza takes to the DJ booth in a personalized black-and-purple windbreaker. Her name, embroidered in bright block letters, adorns the right arm, and the left arm displays the flags of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Cuba — three of the most iconic producers of tropical music. …

When my siblings and I entered the Chestnut Hill branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the librarians greeted us by name. “The Wattenbargers are here,” the librarian at the front desk would call to her colleague in the children’s section. I’d spend as long as I could browsing the…

Madeleine Wattenbarger

Journalist & writer, Mexico City. Human rights, politics, cities, culture. http://www.m-watt.com.

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