Feature reported, edited, and mixed by Andrea Gutierrez
» Originally aired on November 21, 2019 on KPCC’s The Frame
Costa Rica-born singer Chavela Vargas moved to Mexico as a teen and began singing rancheras at a time when the genre was dominated by men, her songs telling emotional tales of love and longing, both as a migrant and a lesbian. For the centenary of Vargas’ birth in 2019, Los Angeles singer and performance artist Dorian Wood unveils “Xavela Lux Aeterna,” a tribute and reinterpretation of Vargas’ work. Wood talks with Andrea Gutierrez about Vargas’ legacy as a queer icon, and relating to her music as a non-binary person and migrant.