If there is one person who could mix folklorico music culture with sweet modern tastes well, it is Natalia Lafourcade. Kind and pixie-like, Natalia Lafourcade has set the stage for many singers who are reconnecting with their roots. Some of the popular songs she sang included “Nada es Verdad,” “Nunca es Suficiente,” and “Soledad y el Mar.”
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Lafourcade was raised by a musician father and pianist mother. Her family was filled with life and music, embedding cultural grace and talent into her actions. Lafourcade studied music under her mother and was inspired by Gloria Trevi and Garibaldi. By the age of 10 years old, she joined a mariachi group.
Natalia didn’t make her first debut album until 2002 with Natalia Lafourcade, which included songs like Otra Vez” and “Georgina.” She invited Alonso Cortés, César Chanona, and Yunuén Viveros to form a band. They later supported her musical work in the later years with a splash of Mexican folklorico music and dance. Lafourcade became the true heart of what one may call the “indie darling” because it stemmed from the popular rap and pop music emerging in the States and Mexico. The tone of her voice is often soothing. It emanates passion and healing for those who have listened to her pieces before.
One of her more famous works is “Hasta la Raíz.” Lafourcade said the song was inspired by life’s memories – “the hardest moments, the sweetest moments.” The bad moments allowed Lafourcade to grow and learn a lot. It also taught her how to love herself and understand her roots culturally and emotionally. The song reminds Lafourcade of her home in Mexico. The stringed instruments brought the audience’s ears to envision that they are soaring across the sky as flower petals fall down upon their face.
Lafourcade also made beautiful, enchanting covers of traditional Mexican music with “Por que Sufrir,” “La Llorona,” and “Alma Mia.” She said, “We’re all singing together and playing together and making this huge party and fandango with this music. This is powerful. It’s like the earth, just like nature; it has the wind, it has the force of the universe here because there’s so many people involved. You don’t listen to only my voice. It’s many different types of textures and personalities and culture and people there. It’s big, and it’s powerful. So it’s special, it’s different.”
The songs portrayed in her traditional Mexican music album reimagined the pieces with orchestral and mariachi-like melodies. Through her album, she was able to combine different genres while honoring the stories that the lyrics tell from previous masters.
For a long time, Lafourcade has been searching for her true voice in music. Embodying the contemporary-traditional music Lafourcade sings, she feels the music is so real to her heart. She comments, “I love this collaboration. I love this writing. So, I might be jumping from different places, but now I really know that this is my place.”