Gina Chavez didn’t grow up listening to Latin music. Like many mixed Latinos (Swiss-German on her mother’s side, Mexican on her father’s) born and raised this side of the border, her exposure to Latin culture in general was very limited, until she started traveling as a young adult.

Of all places, she went to find a connection to her Latin roots in Buenos Aires and later traveled to El Salvador to solidify her alliance to her new cultural identity.

In her sophomore album, the aptly titled up.rooted, the Austin, TX, native explores a plethora of Latin influences in bilingual form, like this cumbia, offered here as a free exclusive download, featuring the horn section of her hometown heroes, the world famous Grupo Fantasma.

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