Famous Mexican Singer Joins 'Song For Water' Concert In Sonoran Indigenous Community

By Kendal Blust
Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 4:05pm
Updated: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 8:12am

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Zara Monrroy and Rubén Albarrán
Hax Isax Concert
Zara Monrroy (right) and Rubén Albarrán hold up the flag of the Comcaac Nation during a ceremony in preparation for the "Song For Water" concert in Punta Chueca on Oct. 27, 2020.

A famous Mexican singer is performing in a virtual concert with local Indigenous artists in a small Sonoran town, where performers hope to raise awareness and money to provide water to the community.

For more than a decade, members of the Comcaac Nation, often called the Seris, living in the town of Punta Chueca have struggled to access potable water. A machine meant to desalinate seawater rarely works, often forcing community members to travel to other cities to buy large jugs of water for drinking, cooking and bathing, said local artist Zara Monrroy has organized a concert to raise awareness about the issue.

"The Hax Isax festival, Water-Life for Punta Chueca, Song for Water, that's what the concert is called," she said, explaining that the in the Comcaac language, cmiique iitom, Hax means water, and Isax means life. "We're trying to shed light on the water issues in the community I'm from."

Monrroy teamed up Rubén Albarrán, lead singer of the well-known Mexican rock band Café Tacvba, and other artists for a live, virtual performance in Punta Chueca on Tuesday. She said their goal is to raise public awareness about water issues in the community, and to push government leaders enact long overdue solutions. Artists also are asking for donations to buy water and create a local cultural center.

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