Julieta Venegas, MIA, Cansei de Ser Sexy
Many American music fans are uncomfortable with foreign music. “I can’t understand the lyrics” they whine, “so the songs make no sense to me.” Then they put on “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and are immediately crippled by the death rays I wish my eyes could shoot. However, those of you who aren’t intimidated by music that's in a language that you may not comprehend, are in for quite a treat. Ceci Bastida’s hooky beats and buzzy electronic melody will get you dancing no matter where you are. She’s also got a reputation for delighting audiences with daringly inventive covers, tackling artists like Miike Snow or The Clash. You may not understand all the lyrics, but so long as you speak the international language of awesome, you’ll do just fine.
Ceci made her first musical splash into Mexico’s rock scene at only fifteen years old, headlining beloved Mexican ska band Tijuana NO! Since then, she’s been nothing less than a pioneer, one of the first women to make an impact on the Mexican rock charts, producing three albums for BMG and collaborating with superstars The Breeders, Fishbone and Manu Chao. She moved on to supporting Julieta Venegas’s band, landing her at the Latin Grammys and putting her front and center in the Latin music world. She took the stage solo at Vive Latino (Mexico’s answer to Coachella) and has been selling out clubs in Mexico and the US ever since. She’s been pulling rave reviews from Pitchfork to Club Fonograma (described in her bio as the Pitchfork of Latin music) and shows no signs of slowing down, with fiercely anticipated full length album recently dropped and a 2010 Latin Grammy nomination.