La Jornada – Cornelio Reyna believed in art, which saves us, says La Bruja

Eight years ago, on a shamanic night, the Witch of Texcoco assumed her feminine identity, which with “her art, music and magic” has led to a proposal of resistance and empowerment.

“I did not find La Bruja, the witch found me in a healing ritual in Texcoco, where a witch told me: ‘I was waiting for you, but you are not just any woman, you are a witch; look at your hands, they’re women’s, ‘”the transgender artist recalled about that night when the shaman“ referred to my femininity, without insult ”, because he was used to being insultingly labeled as“ fagot or fucking ”.

From that moment, he said, “there was a change and I knew that thanks to the tradition, the music and the magic that we have in Mexico, with its great cultural richness, you can cross the line and be whatever you want. That’s where The Witch was born ”.

The multi-instrumentalist chatted with The Day about his collaboration in the tribute to Cornelio Reyna, with the song Invisible letter, which opens on platforms this Friday. He stated: “With this topic I show myself how I am, with my project, it is something very interesting, especially in a time when being able to be and express yourself as you are is something complicated, because you are judged based on your experiences; now it is very real that they screw you on social networks ”.

However, in the end, “this sensitivity is not something new. I imagine Cornelio Reyna in his time, showing his feelings and expressing them in his musicality; It must have been something very strong then, because (men) always have to be strong and not show their emotions ”.

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The truth is that “artists like Reyna believed in art, which saves us.” Sexist education, La Bruja continued, “does not come off overnight; it is something we have always lived with; now the idea is that we know it exists and the idea is to start seeing these processes and deconstruct ourselves from our experiences and learning. That is why, with my project, I make myself present and say: ‘pray him! here is The Witch; let’s enjoy the music and the songs. ‘

The road has been difficult

In this sense, La Bruja accepted that her path has not been easy: “This is something of a lot of learning, you can perceive me as safe, but it also violates me, above all, showing myself as I am, with this femininity that is in me and, in addition, to show my feelings with my music, which identifies me as a trans woman, a Mexican and a person ”.

What adults say about her is not a priority, because “I have a responsibility to the new generations, who have to live without guilt, without violence, without being judged for expressing their gender identity. All this has to change and here is La Bruja to face these challenges, which in the end are experiences that lead me to empower myself and place myself in places where I was not used to ”.

He added: “I used to wear my mother’s clothes since I was a child, for me it is very normal, but not for people. It is unfortunate that one, from a young age, has to take care that the fucking is not noticed, whether they understand it or not. A child has to dedicate himself to playing, studying or a thousand and one things, not to see if it shows or not ”.

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From there, he pointed out, “the privileges of hetorosexuals begin; a straight child doesn’t worry about all that, he lives in different situations ”.

La Bruja is working on her next album – still untitled – in which she will express “the feelings” that inspired her during the pandemic. On the album there will be many of his magical experiences, which seek connection through rituals, temazcales, clean in the Huasteca or go to cure the evil eye. “All these symbolisms are magical feelings with which I identify, which will be embodied in my next album.”

Meanwhile, the voice, harp, violin and cello of La Bruja merge with guitars, percussions and sounds programmed by Demián Gálvez (Centavrvs) in a totally transgressive version of the song Invisible letter of the singer-songwriter originally from Reynosa, who is honored with the album Cornelio Reyna … Forever, on the 80th anniversary of his birth and 25 years of his departure, by Warner Chappell Music México.