Gina Chavez is blending the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A 12-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2019 Female Vocalist and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, Gina explores the true meaning of “Americana” as she and her five-piece band take audiences on a high-energy journey through Latin America and beyond.
Gina’s music is deeply personal. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing Cumbia, rumba, and soul take audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music. Her bilingual album, Up.Rooted, topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered and her Tiny Desk concert has more than 900,000 views. Her national TV debut is now airing on PBS stations throughout the U.S.
Chavez is currently touring the States after returning from a 12-country tour as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department. Her new EP Lightbeam is a collection of songs about the journey and hardships she and her wife have undergone to be able to publicly express their love for each other as Catholic, Latinx women. “Steeped in slow-burn soul and uptempo R&B,” Lightbeam has NPR under the spell of a new sound. The music video for “Heaven Knows” premiered on Billboard, featuring scenes from the couple’s Texas wedding.
Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D,” won the grand prize in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest and recounts her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador where she and her wife co-founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. For more on Gina, her music and the Niñas Arriba college fund, visit www.ginachavez.com.
Elena La Fulana is a singer-songwriter and leader of the DC-based bilingual Latin-folk band Elena & Los Fulanos. Originally from Managua, Nicaragua, Elena identifies as both American and Nicaraguan and her music, which ranges from twangy, heartbreak-themed folk Americana, to soothing, introspective, violin-infused Latin cumbia, reflects this dual identity. Her band, Elena & Los Fulanos, has twice been nominated for a Wammie-award, and their most recent album, Volcán, was hailed as “a bilingual folk album for the resistance” by the Washington City Paper, a publication that also selected Elena for their People Issue 2017 highlighting notable Washingtonians. Most recently, Elena has been touring with the Latin-Grammy winning and Grammy nominated band Flor de Toloache, and with them performed at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2019 and the Latin Grammys in 2021.
Elena La Fulana es cantautora y líder del grupo latino bilingüe, Elena & Los Fulanos. Originaria de Managua, Nicaragua, Elena se identifica como Nicaraguense y Americana y su música refleja su identidad bicultural, entrelazando elementos musicales de Latino America y los Estados Unidos. Su primer disco Miel Venenosa, fue nominado por un premio “Wammie” en 2014 y su segundo disco Volcán (2017) fue nombrado “el disco bilingüe de la resistencia” por el Washington City Paper, publicación que también la reconoció como una de sus personas del año 2017. Recientemente, Elena comenzó a tocar con Flor de Toloache, con quien tocó en los Kennedy Center Honors en 2019 y en los Latin Grammys en 2021.
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