Leticia Rodriguez: “Sagüita Al Bate”

Photo by Ben Marland

Leticia Rodriguez’s artistry stretches across theater, dance, and music. Born and raised in Houston, Rodriguez has turned her artistic focus on her adopted hometown of Austin, especially the East Side. Her work often pays tribute to cultural institutions that have been left in the dust. In 2012, she drew the focus on her aunt Eva Garza–one of the first Latina crossover artists–with an album of covers that firmly positions Garza as a true lost talent.

For Rodriguez, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Last year, her EP Sagüita Al Bate earned national recognition for its blend of sounds from across the Latin American world: cumbia, salsa, jazz, and beyond. We’ve got the title track as today’s song of the day, and you can catch Rodriguez at Map Jam this Saturday, kicking off the whole festival at 1 p.m. at the Mexican American Cultural Center.

–Art Levy

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