Father and daughter at the heart of a local Latin music group


GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) РLos Atrevidos Norte̱os are a Grand Rapids-based music group that has performed for over a decade.

“My heart is what I feel in my heart,” said Miguel Angel Divas, the group’s founder, of the music he was playing by slapping his fist on his chest. “I can’t explain this. Love.”

Divas sings and plays guitar in the group. They play all types of events, from funerals to parties.

“We invite people to dance with us,” said Miguel Angel’s daughter Sherlyn Divas, who sings and plays the vihuela in the group. “It’s an amazing feeling to just be able to transmit your music.”

Miguel Angel Divas developed his passion for music in his native Guatemala. As a child, he watched his grandfathers play instruments and sing.

“It’s wonderful to see the old people doing something and to feel that I can do better,” said Miguel Angel.

He set himself the goal of learning to play the guitar.

“I can be tired, but if I have my guitar by my side, I take my guitar and I play,” he said.

He performed in groups in his native country. When he moved to the United States, he wanted to be part of a band again.

He formed Los Atrevidos Norteños 14 years ago. In addition to his daughter, the group has two other members. Pepe Milian sings and plays the guitarron. Eduardo Rojas Lopez plays the accordion.

Sherlyn Divas has been with the band for more than half of her life. She remembers being fascinated by her father’s group as a child.

“The guys would go home and practice, I was there sitting and watching them,” said Sherlyn Divas. “And then a little behind his back, I was going to touch him, grab him and try to do things like I saw him do, and then I started watching videos.”

His father recognized his interest and abilities. He put his skills to the test when a former band member couldn’t make it to a concert.

“He said to me, ‘Hey, do you think you could at least cover the place?’ Sherlyn Divas recalls. “I wear flip flops and a dress, like a normal girl who lives her life. So we go to this party and everyone is looking at me like it’s not who I saw you with the last time.

The concert was a de facto hearing. She passed away and became an official member at the age of 7.

“It’s funny how some people who’ve booked us before are like, ‘Oh my gosh I remember when we booked you for so and so’s party and you were so little,’” said Sheryln Divas. “‘You could sing but it’s not as loud as it is today.'”

His younger brother Melvin also joined the groups at concerts. He learns the family trade and helps to play maracas.

Although she is happy to be in her father’s group, Sheryln Divas dreams of forming an all-female mariachi band.

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