A Family United by Music

Margarita de la Rosa de Govea

Margarita de la Rosa de Govea

Music brings the Peña-Govea family together across generations. Decades ago, the grandmother of the family started a group that played Mexican and Latin American music in California’s Central Valley. The mother used to sing the music of the Appalachian mountains, returning to the roots of the land of her mother. And the father sang protest music in college. The couple taught their two daughters to play accordion and trumpet from a very young age, and now everyone int he family plays cumbia, Norteña music, Tex-Mex, and a large repertoire of other traditional Latin American music. Fernando Andrés Torres has this story about these three generations of extraordinary musicians in California. Juan Santiago also contributed to this story, which is part of the series Raíces: Stories About Grassroots Artists.

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