Mateo Lopez, the youngest mariachi in the world, has music in his blood

Mateo Lopez, the youngest mariachi in the world, has music in his blood

  • Mateo Lopez, 7, has been performing since he was four years and 236 days old, the youngest mariachi ever.
  • The second-grader from San Antonio follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Leocadio “Lalo” Lopez, a Mexican mariachi.
  • The boy was featured in Mexico’s versions of “America’s Got Talent” and NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” had a brief cameo in a Super Bowl ad for Peacock’s “Bel-Air” and has two singles on Apple Music.

My guitar voice when I wake up in the morning wants to sing its joy for my Mexican country

The voice of my guitar wants to sing its joy to my Mexican homeland when the morning comes

— “Mexico Lindo y Querido”, traditional mariachi song

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Mateo Lopez tugged at the collar of his shirt and cocked his neck, as if trying to free his voice. In a rehearsal room at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, when the violins pounded behind him and the guitars undulated in front of him, he boomed out “La Noche y Tu,” ending with a panache that evoked shrieks of “His! His!” Upright!

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