Latin fusion band A Flor De Piel entertained audience members at the Levy Senior Center Nov. 6 with their take on traditional songs related to the Day of the Dead holiday. Performers, from left, are Marisol La Brava, Sage La Bravita, Renato “Renatonatiuh” and Caro Arroba.

Latin fusion band A Flor De Piel entertained and engaged Evanston residents and guests of all ages at a Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, celebration on Nov. 6 at the Levy Senior Center. The band performed their take on traditional songs related to rituals that honor loved ones who have died.

Lead vocalist Marisol La Brava invited audience members to celebrate “all things magical” by clapping, singing, and dancing along to original music such as La Bruja (Brave Witch) as well as songs that are more than 300 years old. The musical selections are “designed to clear out any negative energy and bring about positive vibes,” La Brava told the audience.

In addition to a concert that kept audience members on their feet, the event featured supplies to build individual multi-tiered altars, or ofrendas, with flowers and objects of remembrance that welcome loved ones from the afterlife on the night of Nov. 2. Noyes Cultural Art Center artists volunteered to help participants build the altars, some of which included a photo of a family member or friend who had died.

The roots of Día de los Muertos go back 3,000 years to Indigenous people living in what is now Central Mexico, who held a cyclical view of the universe, and saw death as an integral and ever-present part of life. The holiday has evolved over the years as a time to blend traditions and celebrate Latino culture.

Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.

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