Viola Dorantes, The Adventurous Swallow
By Jesús Aguado
A native of Alto Lucero, Veracruz, Viola Dorantes represents the popular voice of classic Mexico. Attired in her customary dramatic, flamboyant dresses, she will perform the best known Mexican songs, accompanied by the music of Mariachi Los Camperos in the kiosk of the Jardín Principal.
During an interview with Atención, Viola Dorantes stated, “I was born a singer.” When she was nine years old, she started in the world of music, singing with a mariachi band during the local festivities in her city. “I do not know if it was an accident that I started singing, and I do not even remember the first song I sang, but what I discovered at that moment is that I wanted to give my voice and soul to the audiences,” she said.
Dorantes is the sister of popular singer Paquita la del Barrio, a performer who sings lyrics against men. Viola thinks just the opposite. She says that men have to be pampered and cared with good music so they can be happy.
While very young, Viola traveled with Paquita to Mexico City looking for success. The sisters started as a duet singing songs from “The Swallows” to “Las Costeñitas” and “Las dos Estrellas” until Viola decided not to sing with her sister anymore. The reason was simple: “I was looking for contracts to perform. I used to sing with her, and I never saw a single peso, so I quit.” After an alleged fight broadcast in the media, they did not talk to each other for a long time. Now they are in good terms.
Viola Dorantes, like the phoenix, emerges dramatically in San Miguel with her amazing voice. She will sing to the four winds on Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30, at 7pm in the kiosk. The event is free, thanks to the support of her friend Miguel Maldonado who is covering the expenses.