Leticia Rodriguez Garza is a renowned singer, bandleader, dancer and choreographer, best known as the producer, writer and director of the one-woman show Canciones For Generations. In order to develop the show, Garza spent two years interviewing various family members and in turn, she found herself rediscovering the music of her aunt, Eva Garza.
Her latest EP, Saguita Al Bate includes three songs from her debut full-length album La Americana and a cover of a song made famous by her aunt, the EP title track “Saguita Al Bate."
The original version of the song was written and recorded in the 50s as a mambo but Rodriguez and her backing band play it as a slightly downtempo cumbia/salsa fusion starting off with percussion and warm blasts of horns and followed by Garza’s vocals. Interestingly Garza’s vocals are sensual yet wry, theatrical yet sincere
Garza’s silky smooth, sensual vocals join in. Throughout the song, there’s a tight but very danceable groove – the sort of groove that you’d have to dance with that pretty young thing in the corner …