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Sean Chen

Mariachi Los Camperos di Nati Cano

Performing on Hector Guzman: Celebrating 35 Years




Two-time Grammy Award winner, Mariachi Los Camperos originated in 1961 by Natividad “Nati” Cano. Mr. Cano played a fundamental role in the development of mariachi music in the United States by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians. The Mariachi “Giant” was a visionary leader that wanted to take the mariachi performance out of customary locations such as Cantinas and into concert halls where celebrities performed.

Nati Cano fulfilled his dream by presenting Los Camperos and performing at various casinos and other places where mariachis had never previously performed such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s Lincoln Theater and many theaters alike.

In 1969, Mr. Cano opened the first ever Mariachi Dine and Show at “La Fonda Casa de Los Camperos” now known as a Landmark in Los Angeles, California. Today, mariachi restaurants all over the world are modeled after La Fonda.

Nati Cano passed away in 2014 and left Mariachi Los Camperos in good hands, having passed the leadership baton to the group’s longtime musical director, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman. Mr. Guzman, was Cano’s right-hand man for nearly three decades. Under Guzman’s direction, Los Camperos released a 2015 Grammy-nominated musical tribute to Nati called: Tradición, Arte, y Pasión. Mariachi Los Camperos continue to display and make effort to pass the mariachi tradition to a new generation of mariachi musicians in the United States and across the World.

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano have recorded 12 albums, they have 4 Grammy nominations and have won 2 Grammy Awards:

  • In 2005, they won a Grammy for the Best Musical Children Album Grammy for ¡cELLAbration!, A tribute to Ella Jenkins.
  • In 2006, they were nominated for a Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album; ¡Llegaron Los Camperos! (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
  • In 2008, they won a Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album; Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
  • In 2015, they were nominated for a Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album; Tradición, Arte y Pasión (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)

Aside from nominations and Grammy Awards, Mariachi Los Camperos have received various Proclamations from Cities including: Los Angeles,
Pico Rivera and San Fernando.

The National Endowment for the Arts have honored them in the folk and traditional arts, “The National Heritage Fellowship”.

In Mexico, they were awarded the prestigious “Sylvestre Vargas Award” for artistic excellence, and they were also presented with the “Galardon Mariachi Guadalajara”.

Mariachi Los Camperos have been a part of “El Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y Charreria ” in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico since its initiation in 1994.

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