Father and daughter at heart of local Latino music group

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Los Atrevidos Norteños are a Grand Rapids-based music group that has been performing for greater than a decade. 

“My coronary heart, that is what I’m feeling in my coronary heart,” says Miguel Angel Divas, the group’s founder, about enjoying music as he beat his fist over his chest. “I can’t clarify that. Love.”

Divas sings and performs guitar within the group. They play all varieties of occasions, starting from funerals to events. 

“We invite folks to bop with us,” mentioned Miguel Angel’s daughter, Sherlyn Divas, who sings and performs the vihuela within the group. “It’s an incredible feeling with the ability to simply transmit your music.”

Miguel Angel Divas picked up his ardour for music in his native Guatemala. As a toddler, he watched his grandfathers play devices and sing.  

“That’s lovely seeing the previous males do one thing and feeling like I can do higher,” Miguel Angel mentioned. 

He set his sights on studying to play guitar. 

“I could be drained but when I bought my guitar by my aspect, I choose up my guitar and play,” he mentioned. 

He performed in teams in his native nation. When he moved to the U.S., he wished to be part of a gaggle once more. 

He fashioned Los Atrevidos Norteños 14 years in the past. Along with his daughter, the group has two different members. Pepe Milian sings and performs guitarron. Eduardo Rojas Lopez performs the accordion. 

Sherlyn Divas has been within the group for greater than half of her life. She remembers being fascinated together with her father’s group as a toddler. 

“The blokes would go to deal with and follow, I’d be there sitting round and watching them,” Sherlyn Divas mentioned. “After which sort of behind his again I’d go contact, seize it and attempt to do comparable issues that I noticed him do after which began watching movies.”

Her father acknowledged her curiosity and talent. He put her expertise to check when a former band member couldn’t present as much as a gig. 

“He instructed me, ‘Hey, do you suppose you can not less than cowl the spot?’” Sherlyn Divas recalled. “I’m in flip-flops and a costume, like a traditional woman residing life. So we go to this occasion and everyone seems to be me like, that’s not who I noticed you with final time.”

The gig was a de facto audition. She handed and have become an official member on the age of seven. 

“It’s humorous how some individuals who booked us from earlier than are like, ‘Oh my God, I bear in mind after we booked you for so-and-so’s occasion and also you had been so small,’” Sheryln Divas mentioned. “‘You can sing however it isn’t as loud as it’s now.’”

Her youthful brother Melvin additionally now joins the bands at gigs. He’s studying the household commerce and assists enjoying maracas. 

Whereas she is comfortable to be in her father’s group, Sheryln Divas has a dream of forming all-female mariachi group. 

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