Pete Herrera, or Chingo Bling as his fans know him, has definitely made a name for himself in Hip-Hop, with his Chicanoized parodies of Hip-Hop hits and his comedic Wetback Wednesday webisodes. Through hard work, hustle and by being hands-on with all aspects of his career, Chingo Bling was able to represent Chicanos on the stage, airwaves and on the big-screen. After about a decade of starting the Chingo Bling brand, Chingo is ready to take his career and brand to the next level.
Ms. Krazie is undoubtedly one of Chicano raps most well known female artists. She represents the Urban Kings Music Goup and is known for keeping it real through her music and with her fans. She is also known for her extremely loyal fanbase. Her music and endearing feedback on social media has helped her some of her fans through bad break-ups, tough times and just life in general. If you follow “Team Loca” you will see that Ms. Krazie is more than just an artist to her fans, she is an inspiration and almost like family.
When Ernest Gonzales gets ready to put on a show he transforms into Mexicans With Guns by sporting his signature luchador mask; almost like a super hero hiding his real identity. MWGs is making music that anyone can listen to and dance to but at the same time he’s representing Chicanos in a genre where Chicanos are rarely heard.
With the House, Techno, Dance and Dubstep genres all making a comeback with artists like Deadmau5, Skrillex and others, Mexicans With Guns brings a vibe that is infused with Chicano/Latino culture.
The Pachanga Latino Music Festival is multi-stage event that takes place annually at Fiesta Gardens located in the very Chicano and very proud Eastside of Austin, Texas. 2012 marked the two-day event’s 5th year. The assortment of musicial genres range from Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Tejano and that’s just to name a few. Every year the Pachanga Fest lineup consists of some of the best local, national and international Chicano/Latino performers and this year was no different.
We first heard JT Coldfire Band while walking down 6th Street in Austin, Texas. His music blared well past the entrance to the bar and it was like the smell from a good restaurant, it was drawing people in. The performance and the whole show of JT Coldfire Band, complemented his music very well and left you knowing that it was just a matter of time before they would be "discovered".
To say that the Mariachi scene is a dying musical genre– is shattered by the voice, talent, and passion of one Mariachi hopeful who will undoubtedly leave her mark on this world. Paola Edith Dávalos, a shy girl of 16 years old seems to be all about her dreams, her family, and their unity as she wholeheartedly helps at her family-owned restaurant.
CineFestival 2012’s winner for Best Narrative and as already mentioned CCM’s favorite film at the festival, "Mosquita y Mari", is the beautiful and tender coming of age love story about two 15 year old Chicanas residing in Huntington Park, CA.
This year marked the 34th Annual CineFestival at the legendary Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, located in the heart of the Westside of San Antonio, Texas. CineFestival commenced in a great way as it was also a 10 year anniversary celebration of the San Antonio native Chicana trio band Girl in a Coma and which was honorably sponsored by Chicano Channel Magazine (shameless plug). To kick off the celebration was a documentary screening entitled "Jammin’- Girl in a Coma Meet Joan Jett" which was directed by the CineFestival director himself, Jim Mendiola.
LA native Becky Gomez, better known as Becky G is a lively 15 year old who is fast becoming the next huge Pop/Hip-Hop sensation. Get to know Becky G now because as talented as she is, she will more than likely be a household name very soon.
Watching Becky in her music videos and on stage it is apparent that she was born to perform and just hearing her speak you will quickly sense that she is a smart, motivated, strong-willed young lady who knows exactly what she wants to do in life.