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Artist Biography: Rumel Fuentes - Corridos, Chicano Politics, and the Birth of the Frontera Collection

Frontera Newsletter   |   Friday, October 9, 2020

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the National Chicano Moratorium, the massive anti-war march in East Los Angeles held on August 29, 1970. The milestone inspired major media retrospectives on the impact of this galvanizing demonstration, citing inroads made by Chicanos in politics, higher education, journalism, and the arts.

   In music, the 1970s saw a surge of Chicano and Latin rock bands from Los Lobos to Santana, as I discussed in a recent interview for La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, titled “Music of the Chicano Moratorium.” Among the artists featured in the podcast was a politically committed singer-songwriter from Texas named Rumel Fuentes, who never came close to achieving the fame of his California contemporaries.

Read more on the Frontera Collection blog.