One way to expand a musical palette is for artists to explore their own identity. In the case of Y La Bamba, frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza explores her Mexican identity by looking back on echoes of childhood summers spent playing with her cousins in the orchards around the San Joaquin Valley as they soaked up melodies and stories told through traditional folk songs. "Libre" is a happy song sung both in Spanish and English.
Photo: Christal Angélique
Y la Bamba