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Lupita Infante, granddaughter of Pedro Infante, discusses her difficult music career and nostalgia for her grandfather.

By triji Apr 25, 2024

Lupita Infante has been honoring her family’s tradition since she began making music in 2018. The singer, granddaughter of Mexican superstar Pedro Infante, reimagines mariachi music while invoking her grandfather’s legacy, particularly on her second album, Amor Como En Las Películas De Antes.

Infante’s latest album is mariachi-heavy. The Mexican vihuela, guitarrón, and dramatic strings evoke grandfather’s movies, yet she owns it with bold confidence and powerful voice. Infante’s songs evoke a range of emotions, from the dreamy “Besarte Así” to the heartbreaking “Ya No Vuelvas,” which depicts a woman escaping a toxic relationship.

Lupita had to figure out how to continue her family’s legacy despite having the Infante surname. Pedro Infante died in a 1957 plane crash, and her father, Pedro Infante, Jr., a famous actor, died in 2009. Infante says she studied her grandfather’s work ethic, films, and music: “From his work ethic, all the films that he left, and all the music, for me, that’s been my school — listening to all of his recordings and interviews.”

After years of performing with numerous bands and perfecting her mariachi style, she appeared on La Voz, a Latin spin-off of The Voice, in 2017. Infante received her first GRAMMY nomination for Best Regional Mexican Album in 2021 for La Serenata, her maiden album, two years later. She joined Sony Music Latin last year and continues to make an impact.

“It’s been a long road,” says Infante. “I’ve had to find my own path. Even when I had started in my journey, my dad had already passed away, so I’ve been having all kinds of experiences from the beginning — good ones, bad ones — but luckily, I found a team of people who are incredible to work with, who have taught me so much, and have gotten me to this point today.”

Through her songs, Infante is forging her own mariachi legacy. Before releasing Amor Como En Las Películas De Antes, she discussed her new songs’ stories, honoring her family’s past, and her future plans with

I think having a last name like Infante has helped me meet the right people and gain opportunities. I can’t leave it, though. I’ve always known that my performances and records will always be an homage to my family as I’ve grown in my career. I feel honored and blessed to pay respect to them in a way that conveys a little of my narrative, always crediting my grandfather and father for starting it all.

I think mariachi arrangements and instruments haven’t altered much. It sounds classic. In my last record, we incorporated commercial instruments such as the accordion, sierreño guitar, and requinto guitar.

In “Quién No Ha Llorado Por Amor,” we replaced the guitarrón with tuba to enhance Mexican music flavor. That song, produced by Luciano Luna and composed by Omar Tarazón and me in Mazatlán, has a Sinaloa vibe.

wonderful imagery of my grandfather’s flicks. My friend Pedro Dabdoub wrote the song “Besarte Así.” It has a Spanish phrase that reads: “In the old time movies, I saw this kind of love before.”

That statement resonated to me as I went through every song and lyric trying to piece it together. All types of imagery come from that statement. That inspired me, so we ran with it.

All songs on the album are love songs. A few are about heartbreak. One is “Mi Carrito”—a automobile love song. People talk of perfect love. I wrote many of these songs before Sony Music signed me. I wrote to express my feelings and offer my thoughts. People will share personal stories.

Women were traditionally damsels in distress in regional Mexican music. In your CD and tracks like “Ya No Vuelvas,” you provide a varied female perspective in the genre. We were looking for 1940s and 1950s movie footage to include in the song video. Even the portrayal of women is dramatic. Like a damsel in peril, insane, or in love. She’s frantic and dramatic.

It’s enjoyable to experiment with those feelings, but it’s crucial to have agency and control over your expression as a woman. Like “Ya No Vuelvas,” she’s fed up with the guy’s nonsense and will kick him out. One of your rawest vocal performances on the record is “Ya No Vuelvas”. Your powerful vocals convey that song’s emotion.

One of the songs is “Quien No Ha Llorado Por Amor.” You go to this point in your heart, soul, and Mexicanness and pour it out. It may have been the easiest tune to record in a few takes. I said, “Let me just get this feeling out,” and it came out. “Mi Carrito” is country-influenced. Was it how you combined Mexican and American sounds?

Yes, I am. Writing it during the pandemic, we went to this mountain cabin. As the only thing you could do was drive in the mountains, it sounded like that. Car culture is huge in L.A. I guess we love our vehicles, especially back then when they were my only getaway. The slide guitar and fiddle give “Mi Carrito” a country flavor.

I think women should develop alliances and assist and lift one other up. Erika Vidrio, BMI, and Amazon held a women-only songwriter camp called Las Compositoras in the summer. Working with diverse ladies from different backgrounds and perspectives was so much fun. Some women may be rougher and want to discuss about their life experiences. Other girls are gentler and wish to talk about love or hurt.

It’s interesting to learn about everyone’s personalities and writing styles. Creating and participating in events like that is crucial, especially for upcoming songwriters. I expect it to increase. It works and benefits us. LGBT+ people have been marginalized in Regional Mexican music, yet you’ve supported them throughout your career. Why must you support that community?–6629fa7bf0d6a#goto6343!-uk-by-menophix-capsules–662a3876124e5#goto6351


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