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Founded in 1999, Mariachi Divas are continuously making big waves on the Los Angeles music scene. Mariachi Divas is a unique, multi-cultural ensemble, and over the years has been represented by women of: Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Honduran, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, and Anglo decent. Founder and Director Cindy Shea states, "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds. Our foundation and roots are mariachi, but we have added extra elements to reflect our diversity."

Mariachi Divas has added instrumentation such as timbales, congas, bongos, cajón, tambora, percussion, tres, and flute to their traditional mariachi ensemble of guitarrón, vihuela, guitar, violins, and trumpets. When these non-traditional instruments blend with the traditional mariachi instruments there are no limitations to what styles Mariachi Divas can play, including: cumbia, cha-cha-cha, and merengue. Cuban rhythms with congas, classical violin intros, and jazz-influenced flute and trumpet solos are infused into the traditional mariachi sounds throughout Así Somos.

The Divas have created their own style of music in which they call "Ranchengue," a unique combination of a ranchera played in merengue fashion which can be heard on the Divas rendition of Cielito Lindo and Alia En El Rancho Grande. These women are not only accomplished vocalists and musicians but also composers, arrangers, and lyricists. Fusing traditional mariachi with various musical styles has gained fans for the Mariachi Divas around the world.

Never stepping too far from what brought them together, the sound of mariachi rings though every song that is played no matter what style of music they choose to perform. Cindy goes on to say, "I love the fact that we add jazz and improvisation to our music, and recording Tijuana Taxi was the perfect song to add a little swing with my horn. It is amazing that I do not have to give up my love for jazz and that we have created a place for other styles within the music of Mariachi Divas."

Mariachi Divas have been featured at major venues throughout the United States and Mexico. The Divas have also been the official Mariachi group for Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure since September 2003. Mariachi Divas can be found performing regularly at the historical Mexican restaurant, La Fonda, in downtown Los Angeles which was founded by Nati Cano of Mariachi Los Camperos.

Mariachi Divas musicians are currently endorsed by LP Percussion, Zeta Music, Intellitouch Tuners, Soundback Acoustic Monitors and LPD Music. Mariachi Divas CD's are currently distributed and represented by Bayside Entertainment and Shea Records.

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