Monday, December 10, 2012

RIP: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice

An Appreciation: Jenni Rivera was a rare voice -
Rivera's gifts as a singer propelled her from her beginnings in the late 1990s to a level of acclaim that led many to know her quite simply as Jenni. That life was apparently cut short when the plane carrying her crashed on its way to Toluca, Mexico, after a concert in Monterrey. Authorities said there were no survivors. She was 43.

The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Rivera captured through her music stories about a life that straddled worlds and spoke to a fan base that bought an estimated 1.1 million albums in America and many more worldwide. Though she first gained fame through her banda music — the regional Mexican style that features as its main push overwhelming brass instrumentation and lyrically documents experiences from life — as her popularity grew she recorded in Mexican musical subgenres including the Latin pop, accordion-centric norteño and the renegade, drug-culture-infused narcocorridos.

Hers was a voice that immediately stood out in contemporary banda music for a simple reason: It wasn't a man's voice.

By busting into the boys' club and delivering experiences, rebuttals and celebrations from a woman's perspective, she drew the attention of a whole gender of listeners no doubt tired of their husbands

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