Gracefully Nurturing “Mexico” with Song in the U.S.A.
This chapter examines the life and career of Ixya Herrera. She debuted at the age of twelve, dueting with her idol Linda Ronstadt in front of a crowd at the Tuscon Mariachi Conference 1992 in Arizona. Growing up in California, in the supportive environment of a musical family, and with the legacy of Chicano cultural politics, she has developed a solo career engaging a repertoire of diverse Mexican genres. In her self-crafting processes, Ayben aspires to enchant audiences with the thrill of her singing voice, negotiating stereotypes and placing satisfaction before commercial gain. She continues to push forward with recordings and concert appearances, engaging a form of subtle activism, and demonstrating self-determination and self-definition.
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