The Yaqui Fight for Water Rights Takes Center Stage at Café Tacvba’s Massive Vive Latino Set

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Last Sunday during their highly anticipated set at Vive Latino, Café Tacvba seized their platform to empower the Yaqui community.

During the performance of their 1996 cover album Avalancha de Éxitos, the band brought a member of the Yaqui tribe on stage, who chronicled the Yaqui’s continuing struggle in an impassioned speech. For years, the Yaqui have struggled to secure rights to the waters of their sacred river, which the Mexican government has preyed on for a large-scale aqueduct project in Hermosillo, Sonora. In 2013, the Yaqui won their legal battle against the Mexican Supreme Court, but authorities have failed to enforce it.

Café Tacvba are not strangers to activism, especially singer Rubén Albarrán, who has been involved with the Wixárika community and environmental causes throughout the years.

Watch the speech below.

[H/T Milenio]