While such pioneers as Little Joe y La Familia, Joe King Carrasco and the Nash Hernandez Orchestra broke through cultural barriers, Hispanic musicians such as Grupo Fantasma, Los Lonely Boys, Vallejo, Leticia Rodriguez [Leti Garza] and Gina Chavez are now deeply embedded in Austin’s musical identity!
— Austin American Statesman
Leti Garza, singer/songwriter/artist from Austin, Texas, performs World Latin music with a social activist’s sensibility. Her songs underline her commitment to social justice and address the challenges of migration, women’s rights and cultural bias. She targets and translates with her voice, the repertoire of singers and songwriters such as Celia Cruz, Mercedes Sosa, Violeta Parra, Elias Regina and with deep dedication, Eva Garza, Leti’s aunt. She bilingually integrates Afro-Caribbean rhythms with American pop, traditional Son, Latin jazz and Folk. Garza infuses the song with such feeling that words become encumbrances. This is music that connects directly with body and soul.
— Texas Music Magazine
Central to Leti’s work is the exploration of history, both personal and shared. La Americana, Leti’s 2012 debut album, pays tribute to the music of her aunt and Latino/a composers of the ‘40s and ‘50s. La Americana was played on the nationally-syndicated radio program, Undercurrents, and featured on Public Radio International’s, The World. On the heels of her celebrated debut, Leti released her subsequent EP, Sagüita al Bate, to even greater critical success. Sagüita al Bate was under consideration in the 57th Grammy Awards for Record of the Year in 2014, and was played by key tastemaker stations KEXP, KUTX, WBEZ, WRUV, and more, launching it into the top ten most-played world music releases in the U.S. for two weeks. Lively and cleverly worked, Saguita Al Bate is a real treat with sassy percussion and brass lines and of course, Ms. Rodriguez’s sharply executed vocals.
— World Music Central
In 2015, she became the first American musician invited to perform at the XXI International Festival de Las Romerías de Mayo, Holguín, Cuba. Canta bien, armoniosa y vital, sin el aspaviento tejano. Flaca y risueña, trabó afecta rápidamente con el publico. Saltea a la platea, roba aplausos. El patio ovaciona: Leti, Leticia, Leticiaaaaa.
— La Luz, Holguin, Cuba
Her album, El Unico Para Mi, made Texas Music Magazine’s top ten favorite albums released in 2017. The song, Frio en el Alma (2017), was a listed favorite by NPR’s Alt/Latino program. Leti has received a Distinguished Music Award by the Texas Music Museum, as well as recognition by the Austin History Center for her contributions to Texas Music. Leti’s music powerfully affirms cultural expression and inclusion. Through her work, she seeks to honor the many people, places, words, and soundscapes that have shaped her life. Her art bespeaks a belief that, through active cultural exchange, humankind can imagine new and better, shared futures.