Global Beat México: Renee, Inés Pacheco, Cancamusa, La Bruja de Texcoco

Written by Anne Litt

The future (sound of México) is female with Cancumusa, Renee, Inés Pacheco and La Bruja de Texcoco. Photos courtesy of the artists and La Bruja de Texcoco photo by Mar Coyol.

KCRW’s Global Beat is a series highlighting emerging artists from around the world. Our second season takes us to México, hosted by KCRW DJ Raul Campos alongside our curators, México City DJ and music supervisor Junf, director of Festival NRMAL Moni Saldaña, and NPR’s Betto Arcos.

It’s Women’s History Month, and this week guest curator Moni Saldana is celebrating four women artists from wildly different backgrounds who approach their music from distinct directions.

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RENEE – “No Me Digas Qué Hacer” 

First up, is Monterrey-born, CDMX-based Renee, a lyricist and composer whom Moni calls “the future of pop music from Mexico.” Renee is both a ball of fresh, fun energy and a powerhouse who speaks her mind — as  you can well hear on "No Me Digas Que Hacer,” a.k.a.,  “Don't’ Tell Me What To Do!”

Inés Pacheco – “Internacional

Trap, R&B, and reggaeton are the keys to Ines Pacheco’s world. She fuses these influences into a sound that feels like the future emerging from her hometown of Guadalajara.

Cancamusa – “Decidí” 

Cancamusa is a drummer, not only keeping the beat for Chilean icon Mon Laferte, but also singing, writing, and creating dream pop infused with cinematic sounds. Born in Chile and now living in Mexico, Cancamusa steps straight into the limelight with her new solo project.

La Bruja de Texcoco – “Mujeres Divinas” 

To celebrate Women’s History Month and her birthday, Moni is serving up a bonus track from La Bruja de Texcoco covering Mexican legend Vicente Fernandez. In this version of the classic “Mujeres Divinas,” or “Divine Women,” she embraces and fetes her trans femininity alongside her connection with her Mexican heritage and culture. Here’s to Women’s History Month, every month!

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