Paquita la del Barrio

Francisca Viveros Barradas (born April 2, 1947) known professionally as Paquita la del Barrio ("Paquita from the hood") is a Mexican singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a Grammy nominated singer of rancheras and other Mexican genres.[1]

Paquita La Del Barrio
Paquita la del Barrio in Monterrey, Mexico, May 2008
Paquita la del Barrio in Monterrey, Mexico, May 2008
Background information
Birth nameFrancisca Viveros Barradas
Also known asPaquita la del Barrio
Born (1947-04-02) April 2, 1947 (age 73)
OriginAlto Lucero, Veracruz, Mexico
GenresRegional Mexican
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active1970–present


Paquita started her career in Mexico City in 1970. She performed at a local restaurant in Colonia Guerrero, where fans returned every week to listen to her music. It is here where she gained her stage name.[2] Her big break came in 1986, where she performed in a Televisa show that exposed her to a bigger audience and led to a recording contract with CBS.[2] Her songs usually take a stance against Mexico's sexist male culture.[3] This has made her popular among female audiences. She is known for her often confrontational presence; her signature phrase, with which she often teases male spectators in her shows, is "¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?" ("Are you listening to me, you good-for-nothing?"). In an interview with The Miami Herald Paquita said, "I am defending women. It is very important. I am a woman. I speak of my experiences." [4]Her best-known song is "Rata de dos patas" (Eng: "Two-legged rat"), in which she compares an ex-lover to a variety of vermin and other untrustworthy animals. The song was included in her album of the same name.[5] Many of Paquita's albums and songs are jukebox staples in Mexican clubs and cantinas. Paquita's influences stemmed from ranchera music and singers like Antonio Aguilar and Pedro Infante.[6] Many admirers, particularly outside Mexico, also appreciate her for her camp value.

Paquita duets with singer Ricardo Arjona on "Ni Tu Ni Yo" on his album 5to Piso (2008). She also performed at the Premios Lo Nuestro and participated in the "Somos El Mundo" the Spanish version of "We Are The World." She was honored with the lifetime achievement prize at the Premio lo Nuestro awards (2016).[7]

Paquita la del Barrio has inspired a television series on Univision. The series, Paquita la del Barrio, follows the fictional life story behind the Mexican singer.[8] Paquita stated that it was difficult to watch a story of her life, but was pleased that her story was being told.


Her album Romeo Y Su Nieta earned her a nomination for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards (2013) under Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano).[9]

Personal lifeEdit

She was born in Alto Lucero, Veracruz. When she was fifteen years old she eloped with forty-four year old Miguel Magña. Her marriage with Magña lasted seven years and she had two sons. [10]Her first marriage ended when she discovered her husband was married to another woman and had a family. Her second marriage lasted 31 years, and ended with her husband's death in 2000.[11]


She was criticized by the LGBT community when she said in an interview, "It is better for orphans to die than to be adopted by a homosexual family."[12] She then apologized to the LGBT community and did a special performance and a press conference in a gay club called Spartacus Disco.[13][14]


  • 1988. Mi Renuncia
  • 1990. Ando Tapada
  • 1992. Desquítate Conmigo
  • 1993. Tres Veces Te Engañé
  • 1993. Te Voy A Recordar
  • 1993. Paquita La Del Barrio Y Sus Boleros Rancheros
  • 1993. Ni Un Cigarro
  • 1993. Invítame A Pecar
  • 1993. Bórrate
  • 1994. Acábame De Matar
  • 1995. Dicen Que Tú
  • 1997. Destapa Me
  • 1998. Me Saludas A La Tuya
  • 1999. Al Cuarto Vaso
  • 2000. Piérdeme El Respeto
  • 2000. El Club De Los Inútiles
  • 2000. Azul Celeste
  • 2001. Taco Placero
  • 2001. Duro Y Contra Ellos
  • 2002. Verdad Que Duele
  • 2002. Pa' Puras Vergüenzas
  • 2002. Falsaria
  • 2003. La Mera Chingona
  • 2004. Qué Mamá Tan Chaparrita
  • 2004. Para Los Inútiles
  • 2004. Me Estás Oyendo, Inútil?
  • 2004. Lámpara Sin Luz
  • 2004. La Crema De La Crema
  • 2004. Hombres Malvados
  • 2005. Qué Chulos Campos
  • 2005. No Me Amenaces
  • 2005. Mi Historia
  • 2005. Llorarás
  • 2005. En La Bohemia
  • 2006. El Estilo Inconfundible De Paquita La Del Barrio
  • 2006. 20 Éxitos
  • 2007. Puro Dolor
  • 2007. No Chifle Usted
  • 2008. Las Consentidas De Paquita La Del Barrio
  • 2008. Las Mujeres Mandan
  • 2008. Lo Nuevo De Paquita La Del Barrio
  • 2008. Rata De Dos Patas
  • 2015. La Leyenda Del Barrio


  1. ^ "2011 - 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees And Winners: Latin Field". The Recording Academy. November 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b González, Edurne Uriarte, Carolina. "Paquita la del Barrio: Diary of a mad Mexican woman". Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  3. ^ Vargas, Deborah R.. Dissonant Divas in Chicana Music : The Limits of La Onda. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Accessed March 10, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.
  4. ^ Gross, Liza (September 7, 2008). "Paquita la del Barrio sings of the wrongs that men do". The Miami Herald.
  5. ^ "Rata de Dos Patas - album by Paquita la del Barrio on Apple Music". Apple Music. January 16, 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Paquita La Del Barrio Talks Music Influences, Los Angeles Before Celebrating International Women's Day". Living Out Loud Los Angeles. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  7. ^ "CCCCD Libraries". Retrieved 2017-05-04.
  8. ^ "Univision Announces 'Paquita La Del Barrio' Series: Watch the Trailer". Billboard. 2018-05-14. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  9. ^ "Paquita La Del Barrio". 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  10. ^ Gross, Liza (September 7, 2008). "Paquita la del Barrio sings of the wrongs that men do". Miami Herald.
  11. ^ Chaves, Katherine (17 January 2015). "Paquita la del Barrio: 'Nunca estaré del lado de los hombres'". La nacion. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  12. ^ Medina, Mekahlo. "Gay Parents or Death? Famed Latino Singer Picks Death". NBC Southern California. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  13. ^ "Paquita announces show at gay disco to apologize for adoption comments". LA Times Blogs - La Plaza. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2019-03-01.
  14. ^ Molina, Raúl de (2010-06-06). "Paquita From the Hood". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2019-03-01.