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Famous Mexican Singer Joins 'Song For Water' Concert In Sonoran Indigenous Community

A famous Mexican singer is performing in a virtual concert with local Indigenous artists in a small Sonoran town, where performers hope to raise awareness and money to provide water to the community.

For more than a decade, members of the Comcaac Nation, often called the Seris, living in the town of Punta Chueca have struggled to access potable water. A machine meant to desalinate seawater rarely works, often forcing community members to travel to other cities to buy large jugs of water for drinking, cooking and bathing, said local artist Zara Monrroy has organized a concert to raise awareness about the issue.

"The Hax Isax festival, Water-Life for Punta Chueca, Song for Water, that's what the concert is called," she said, explaining that the in the Comcaac language, cmiique iitom, Hax means water, and Isax means life. "We're trying to shed light on the water issues in the community I'm from."

Monrroy teamed up Rubén Albarrán, lead singer of the well-known Mexican rock band Café Tacvba, and other artists for a live,  virtual performance in Punta Chueca on Tuesday. She said their goal is to raise public awareness about water issues in the community, and to push government leaders enact long overdue solutions. Artists also are asking for donations to buy water and create a local cultural center.

Kendal Blust, an Arizona native, reports from KJZZ’s bureau in Hermosillo, Sonora, focusing on business and economic relationships between Arizona and northern Mexico.Prior to joining KJZZ, Kendal worked at the Nogales International, reporting on border and immigration issues, local government, education and business. While working on her master’s degree at University of Arizona School of Journalism, she did stints with the Arizona Daily Star and the Tico Times in Costa Rica, and completed a thesis project about women art activists in the Arizona-Sonora borderlands.In her pre-journalist life, Kendal was a teacher, first helping Spanish high school students learn English, then heading to Tucson to teach fourth grade.When she’s not in the newsroom, Kendal enjoys getting outside for a hike or a swim, catching a good movie, hanging out with family and friends, and eating great food.