A Lifetime of Music
Rosalba Valdez is a Mexican-American musician from Chicago. From the age of five, Rosalba would take guitar classes anywhere and everywhere they were offered in her community. Regularly singing and playing her guitar for Sunday church services, community events, rallies, and protests, Rosalba grew up in an environment of activism and community engagement, all while finding her music had as much place in the struggle as it did anywhere else. Rosalba learned that she could speak out about the injustices in her community and stay true to her identity all while pursuing her passion. The name of her debut EP, “Yo Soy Mexicana,” comes from the immense pride Rosalba has for being first generation, Mexican-American born of immigrant parents. In today’s political climate, Rosalba believes it is important to not only be vocal but active in the community. Rosalba is proud of her culture and heritage and seeks to honor it with her music.