- Mateo Lopez, 7, has been performing since he was four years and 236 days old, the youngest mariachi ever recorded.
- The San Antonio sophomore is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Leocadio “Lalo” Lopez, a Mexican mariachi.
- The boy has appeared on the Mexican version of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Little Big Shots,” made a split-second appearance in a Super Bowl commercial for Peacock’s “Bel-Air,” and has two singles. on Apple Music.
Voz de la guitarra mía al despertar la mañana quiere cantar su alegría a mi tierra mexicana
The voice of my guitar wants to sing its joy to my Mexican homeland when the morning rises
— “Mexico Lindo y Querido”, traditional mariachi song
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Mateo Lopez tugged at the collar of his shirt and twisted his neck, as if to free his voice. Then, as violins clacked behind him and guitars rippled past him in a rehearsal room at the Guadalupe Cultural Center for the Arts, he sang “La Noche y Tu,” ending with a fanfare that elicited shouts of “Eso! Eso!” Right on!