MIREYA RAMOS IS THE founder of Mariachi Flor de Toloache, a mariachi band that is changing the genre by having all female members. The group also sings in both Spanish and English, mixing traditional mariachi ballads with new-school original tracks and covers played with mariachi-style instruments (one of their most famous covers: Nirvana’s “Come as You Are”).
Though mariachi music originated in Mexico, the band members come from all over: Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Australia, Germany, and more. They were nominated last year for a Latin Grammy for “Best Ranchera Album” and continue to perform throughout the United States (they’re based in New York).
Read the full interview with the band in NBC News here and listen to a sample of their music in the videos above.