Mariachi Herencia de Mexico’s ‘Escandalo’ is a tribute to Salsa’s Hector Lavoe

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico has been on a US tour for most of December with its brand-new album – HEREDEROS (Heirs). The compositions in it were written by a variety of master songwriters, including Juan Gabriel, Armando Manzanero, Frank Sinatra, Rubén Fuentes, and Cuco Sánchez.

Of particular interest to us Salsa lovers is the third single in the album, “a love song titled ‘Escándalo,’ [that is] a homage to Latin music icon Hector Lavoe,” according to Marco Villela, vocalist and trumpeter of the group. It’s the group’s way to keep the tradition of boleros alive. 

The band shot the video in the fall in New York City’s Lower East Side after a tour stop at Manhattan’s The Public theater. “We decided to incorporate other Latin sounds in this song. We were inspired by FANIA and the New York Latin sounds of the 70s,” says Villela. “Shooting the video in the birthplace of salsa music was very special.”

Below you’ll find both Hector’s recording and Mariachi Herencia de Mexico’s version, for easy comparison. I love them both. What do you think?

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