Photo courtesy of Mar Coyol

Mexico is home to La Bruja de Texcoco, a trans singer, and violinist who is redefining the music scene without leaving aside the connection to her culture and the traditions of a territory that remains rooted in its past.

Her story became better known in 2019 after filmmakers Cecilia Villaverde and Alejandro Paredes made a short film about the singer, exposing the dualities of the human being behind the character. 

La Bruja de Texcoco was born in downtown Mexico City amid the chaos that surrounds the country’s capital. The love and passion for music has been part of her life since she was nine years old, she was part of a youth orchestra, and it was there where she learned to play the viola, which would become her instrument of choice throughout her creative career.

Music became her dream, a dream that she could not pursue entirely due to the few opportunities for artists, and only a few were lucky enough to dedicate themselves fully to it. Under these conditions, the best option was to study something to generate more economic stability and leave her passions aside. 

Although she did not finish her degree, La Bruja studied physics and found that teaching could be a way to monetize her studies and have an income, an opportunity that she took advantage of. For a while, she taught physics, mathematics, and music.

After much work as a teacher, she was finally able to raise the money needed to record her first album and achieve her dream of devoting herself entirely to music.

The birth of a new identity

Her artistic name was born on a party night when she was going to play, and a Shaman approaches her and tells her that he had been waiting for her for a long time, that she was a woman, one of his ‘witches,’ and her extraordinary power was music. At this moment, La Bruja de Texcoco was born, and it would help her turn her music around, explore her own identity, and express everything she felt through song.

Her conviction to show herself as she is and let her feminine side out without any fear has influenced her music in a very positive way. She has stayed rooted in her origins and celebrated Mexican culture in all its splendor by taking very autochthonous sounds and interpreting them in her own way and with her own particular style.

Although she has had a musical background more focused on orchestral music that has helped her be trained in a more technical aspect and has given her the tools to play several instruments and read scores, Mexican music calls her the most. The music that is more connected to her soul, to her origins, to the culture of her country, and her daily life; the kind of music with which she feels a more profound connection that can only be learned by being face to face in the streets and communities of her homeland.

La Bruja de Texcoco fights to create a safe place through music for all people who consider themselves different like her and feel they have no place in a society dominated by machismo.