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Y La Bamba Comes to Songbyrd on May 16

Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba poses in a car
Luz Elena Mendoza of Y La Bamba / courtesy of the artist

Y La Bamba recently announced the April 28 release of their new album Lucha with the new single, “Dibujos De Mi Alma.” The new album is aptly time for a tour that passes through Washington D.C. with a stop at Songbyrd on May 16.

NPR Music said, “[‘Dibujos de Mi Alma’] captures how it feels to yearn for someone while trying to avoid the pitfalls of toxic love.”

Pitchfork acclaimed, “Part wistful indie pop, part psychedelic folk, the lead single from the group’s seventh album, Lucha, makes peace with ambivalence.”

Alchemical Records says, “‘Dibujos de Mi Alma’ is Latin psychedelia, juxtaposing sweetly delivered vocals amidst an always engaging ambience and swaying rhythms.”

Describing the title of the album, Luz Elena Mendoza Ramos, lead vocalist and producer of Y La Bamba says, “Lucha is a symbol of how hard it is for me to tackle healing, live life, and be present,” The track title translates from Spanish to English as ‘fight’ and is also a nickname for Luz, which means light. 

The album explores multiplicity—love, queerness, Mexican American and Chicanx identity, family, intimacy, yearning, loneliness—and chronicles a period of struggle and growth for Mendoza Ramos as a person and artist.

The previous single, “[‘Collapse’] is about my self-empowerment, and not giving up on my evolution or holding back my intuition,” says Luz. track. “It’s a song about realizing that I have gotten myself this far even though shit has been rough for many years.”

Y La Bamba
with Kendra Morris

Washington D.C.

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Daniel Warren Hill

Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records. 

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