“Nothing the world holds could match the love waiting for me in Mexico City” -MORRISSEY
In Mexico Morrissey has always been a prophet with honour. His songs of love, loss and longing, with powerful imagery and metaphors have found a huge audience and chimed with generations raised on rancheras and mariachis and their singers who were not afraid to cross the line.
Now the love has been returned, with a band made in Mexico City reinventing Morrissey’s and The Smiths’ songs south of the border. Together they sound like a brass and string led combo from the smallest village with the biggest bleeding heart. The first of the gang is Camilo Lara, the force inside Mexican Institute of Sound, who has put together, in Mexrrissey, a team of musical gunslingers from Mexico’s finest bands.
The band has had an incredible trajectory from a first try out show in Mexico City in April 2015 swiftly followed by a sold out mainstage debut at the Barbican in The La Linea Festival in London, a UK tour (including an emotional sold out Manchester gig) and triumphant shows at BAM in New York and The Regent in Los Angeles.
“Women are making their presence felt in the urban genre, breaking barriers and shutting down any kind of stereotypes. An example of this is Carla Reyna, known as Niña Dioz, who has earned the respect of her colleagues with her alternative rap style.
Niña Dioz’s purpose in music is to inspire others to be themselves no matter what color, race or religion they are. “Coming out as the first openly gay rapper in Mexico, in such a machista society, is something that makes me proud,” Niña Dioz told Billboard.
With her performances, she has earned respect, giving her the opportunity to collaborate with artists like Plastilina Mosh, MLKMN, Ximena Sariñana and Li Saumet of Bomba Estereo.”