The Mexican regional music group Bronco today received the keys to the Californian city of Lynwood and a Mayan star, for their work in international dissemination during four decades of northern ballads and neighborhood cumbias.
The golden keyhole and a plaque with the star, which will be installed in the pedestrian zone of Plaza Mexico, were received by musicians from José Luis Solache, mayor of Lynwood, with more than 70,000 residents and more than 80% of them Latino.
“This type of recognition means that Bronco is still alive, that Bronco is still galloping, that we have not been forgotten despite so much road traveled,” said at a press conference Guadalupe Esparza, vocalist and founder of Bronco.
“We feel very distinguished,” the 64-year-old musician added when he received the appreciation samples today at an event at La Huasteca restaurant in Plaza Mexico.
Bronco was founded as a group in 1979 in the town of Apodaca, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and has recognized successes such as “Let there be no trace”, “With high heels” and “Sergio the dancer”.
With thirty albums and a 2017 Grammy Award nomination in the category of Best Long-Duration Video for the album “Primera Fila”, Bronco seeks for its melody the feeling of low-income communities.
His songs entertain patio parties in Latin America and family celebrations of Hispanic immigrants in the United States and other parts of the world.
“The path of Bronco has been one of overcoming, because we come from communities of extreme poverty,” Esparza told Efe.
“However, today we have a keychain with half a dozen keys to cities in Texas, Nevada, Arizona and the most recent, the one in Lynwood, California,” the creator said.
Esparza said to remain “without words to thank so much distinction” and stressed that “it makes him happy” to receive recognition a few hours before February 14, Valentine’s Day.
In addition to Esparza, leader and bassist, the members of Bronco are Ramiro Delgado, on keyboards; Javier Cantú, percussions; René Esparza, electric bass, and José Adan Esparza, guitarist.
In the act of handing over the symbolic recognition, Solache expressed that “as mayor it is a pride to give the Bronco group the key to the city of Lynwood”.
“With this key they will be able to come at the time they want,” he added.
Mario Cárdenas, director of Plaza Mexico, told Efe that the star is a Mayan hieroglyph of the celestial bodies and that it was awarded to Bronco for being a group that, “in spite of the vicissitudes” throughout its career “has been kept launching success, after success “.
“Our immigrant community also comes from humble villages like where Bronco comes from,” said Cardenas, along with the stars of the actress Angélica María and the “King of the Accordion,” Ramón Ayala.
Bronco is preparing a new album for this year with the title “Por mas”.
The next day 15 will announce the first musical, a romantic ballad “of a good loser”, written by José Luis Roma, with the title of “Someone better than me.” (EFEUSA) .-