|Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano|
|Los Angeles, CA|
Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano was formed 40 years ago. Its director, Natividad Cano, came to Los Angeles in 1957. For four years he worked as a musician, later becoming the musical arranger for Mariachi Chapala. In 1961, Cano became the musical director of Mariachi Chapala and changed their name to Mariachi Los Camperos. The ensemble has since grown in prominence and gained international recognition.
Mariachi Los Camperos is noted for demanding musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players. The ensemble employs the finest musicians from Mexico and the United States and has performed for audiences throughout the United States and Canada.
Mariachi Los Camperos was one of four mariachis that collaborated on Linda Ronstadt's album, Canciones de Mi Padre. In 1988-89, the group worked on the promotion of the album, that included national television appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Grammy Awards Show. They also appear on Linda Ronstadt's Mas Canciones.
The ensemble has recorded five albums including: Puro Mariachi (Indigo Records, 1961); North of the Border (RCA/Carino Records, 1965); El Super Mariachi, Los Camperos (Latin International, 1968); Valses de Amor (La Fonda Records, 1973); Canciones de Siempre (PolyGram Latino, 1993); Sounds of Mariachi (Delfin Records, 1996) and Fiesta Navidad (Delfin Records, 1997).
Mariachi Los Camperos continues to raise the mariachi tradition to new heights, with an ever growing following of Latino and non-Latino listeners and admires. Their contribution to the musical life of Los Angeles and the entire southwest will remain for generations to come.