Julieta Venegas, Ely Guerra & Natalia Lafourcade Hope to Sweeten Mexico's Image

Ely Guerra, Julieta Venegas, and Natalia Lafourcade kicked off a European tour together last week in France with a specific goal in mind.  The Mexican singers artists hope to “sweeten Mexico’s image” through their music. 

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The tour, which will make stops in Germany, Italy and Spain over this month, is being organized by Bi100, a project backed by Mexico’s government that celebrates the country’s Bicentennial of Independence. 

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“There’s music in Mexico, there’s daily life, people go out,” said Venegas.  “We won’t deny that things over there are not perfect, but it [this tour] is saying that there are other things going on—that we are also playing music.” 

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Guerra added that their goal to “sweeten” Mexico’s image is fitting.  “I think faith cures,” she said.  “I think coming here to perform symbolizes a celebration.”