Check out the cover song "Back to Black (Huapango)" sung by Jenny Rodríguez of Mariachi Las Adelitas UK

"Back To Black (Huapango)" is a version of "Back To Black" (Winehouse/Ronson). A cover of this famous Amy Winehouse song covered eloquently by songstress Jenny Rodríguez and arrangement by Anita Adelita (Anna Csergo) of Mariachi Las Adelitas UK. These experienced musicians have re appropriated this title with great class and rare know-how. This version takes a more luminous tangent with a dynamic and colored interpretation, true to traditional Mexican music, but revisited with a contemporary touch.

Rising London-based septet Mariachi Las Adelitas UK is Europe’s first all-female mariachi band. Founded in 2013 by bandleader Anna Csergo (a.k.a Anita Adelita), the act, which features a collection of exceptionally talented musicians and vocalists from Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Italy, and the UK, actively shatters stereotypes in an extremely male-orientated genre. Their repertoire includes the mariachi classics, as well as mariachi-styled arrangements of well-known and beloved classics in English.

In their almost decade-long history, the septet has established themselves as a highly in-demand live act. They’ve opened for Arcade Fire at London’s Earl Court. They’ve shared a stage with the two-time Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas at International Mariachi Women’s Festival in L.A, where they received a standing ovation. They’ve also played the Victoria & Albert Museum and at The Roundhouse, and been invited to play at prestigious UK based festivals such as Womad. And they’ve serenaded Salma Hayek on her birthday.

They were recently interviewed by Cerys Matthews on her hugely popular BBC6 music show where their gorgeous rendition of El Toro Relajo was played and their latest single, Back to Black(huapango) was premiered, and revealed a self-assured and super talented band that can really play–The London-based septet’s latest single finds them crafting a loving Huapango mariachi arrangement of Amy Winehouse‘s classic, heartbreaking ballad “Back to Black.” Both versions are gorgeous –but interestingly enough, the mariachi rendition somehow manages to enhance the bitter heartbreak at the song’s core.

“Writing this arrangement was a delicate and controversial issue for Mariachi Las Adelitas,”bandleader and producer Anna Csergo explains in press notes. “Mariachi is a complex traditional art form that we want to preserve, revive and bring out into the wider world. Arranging a popular song from our hometown of London had to be done with the utmost respect and authenticity for the style. We decided that if we were going to cover a non-mariachi song we would arrange it in true mariachi style.

“Of course we also wanted to do justice to the writer herself, not make a bad copy of already great music.”

Much like its immediate predecessor, the song was recorded and produced remotely as a result of pandemic-related lockdowns and restrictions. The recently released video was also shot and edited in a similar DIY fashion, so we see the individual band members performing — in full mariachi regalia — in their backyards, their home studios or their dens. The video is a reminder that for contemporary artists everywhere if there’s a will, there’s a way.

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Alongside the track, they also share an music video to complement the cover song. Check out "Back to Black (Huapango)" below and let us know what you think down in the comments.

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