California is a very diverse state, you can learn of so many cultures, backgrounds, traditions and languages two streets from where you live. The stratification of California’s cultures is out in the streets, in the music the city creates with all backgrounds becoming one in the center of Hollywood, of Downtown, Little Tokyo, and East L.A., to name a few of the many communities rising. A massive festive celebration that has been incorporated by many Angelenos is El Dia De Los Muertos, or The Day of The Dead. A massive festive day in all of Mexico, where relatives of the deceased celebrate those gone, with corpse painted faces, alfiniques and folklore dances among some of the traditional rituals. In Los Angeles, Olivera Street is a commemorative 2 block street where the Mexican Culture can be soaked up, in terms of merchant style shops and the artifacts you can find in Mexico.
This past November 5th, at Plaza De La Raza, Angelenos celebrated that heritage and included a headliner to their festive night and celebration of the dead. The night was filled with stands that exposed Angelenos to corpse painting, altars of the virgin Mary, a Mexican iconic saint, along with walking pacs of families all styled out with Wrestler mask, and some sporting their mariachi outfits. The night was festive and filled with nostalgia, as the Mariachi Manchester played traditional songs taking people back to their place of birth for a split second. The Dia De Los Muertos is one of the biggest nation wide celebrated dates in Mexico, and its crossing the borders and blending in with America. A blend of heritage and culture that is rich and historic is spreading across, blending music styles as well. As Americans are learning to accept the Mariachi sound, other Chicanos are learning to blend their heritage with sounds instilled upon them in America. The sounds of guitars, traditional rock and roll and hair metal bands are taken by a group of smart talented Mexican-Americans willing to mix their heritage and enrich those sounds with trumpets, standing basses, violins, and acoustic guitars. A cover band spawned in East L.A. known as Metalichi has taken a chance, and married mariachi music, with rock tracks that resonate in the metal community. The band was that last act of the night and it brought the entire place together to headbang as trumpets were blown and Paranoid was played. This event was a festive one and Metalichi along with the rest of the bands and colorful decorations made it a night to remember.
Reported By: Hostile Jo
Photos By:Victor Barrientos