11-Year-Old Mariachi From NBA Finals Coming To NM

Jun 28, 2013

An 11-year-old Latino boy whose singing of the national anthem at the NBA Finals set off a barrage of racist tweets, but only convinced him to return and sing it again, is coming to Albuquerque.

The New Mexico-based Atrisco Companies announced this week that San Antonio-born Sebastien de la Cruz will be the Guest Performer at this year's Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque concert July 13.

The annual concert at the Sandia Resort and Casino often attracts internationally known mariachi singers and performers.

The Spurs arranged a second act as a show of support following a run of disparaging tweets about Latinos and immigrants during De La Cruz's nationally televised performance before Game 3 earlier this month. Both performances sparked national support from Mexican Americans.

Atrisco Companies CEO Peter Sanchez says the performance was a great moment for Latino Pride.

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