In a recent episode of Viceland’s Earthworks, Miguel traveled to Mexico and met the Mexican half of his family for the first time. He, his father Miguel Sr. and his brother Nicholas began their journey in Zamora, Michoacán, where his family is from. “A place that up until this trip, I’ve only seen in photos,” said the singer in the episode.

Miguel, whose full name is Miguel Jontel Pimentel, shared that the music gene has been carried for multiple generations in his family. The trio visited the radio station in Zamora where his grandmother used to sing and paid tribute to her by singing a ballad from her generation, “Contigo” by Los Panchos. “I haven’t felt the kind of nervousness that I did at the radio station. Ever. You want to make your family proud. And I think that’s a different kind of pressure,” he said.

Miguel and his father (left) performing at the radio station where his grandmother sang in Zamora, Michoacán. (Viceland)

There were other tender moments, including a dinner with family members and a sing-a-long at the restaurant. Miguel communicated with his family members in Spanish and even if he didn’t know some words, he didn’t let the language barrier stop him.

“Most people think of me as solely a black artist, but there’s a reason why my name is Miguel,” the Grammy-award winning singer said.

Viceland’s Earthworks follows the journey of several musicians that go into nature for sonic inspiration. You can stream the full episode featuring Miguel on YouTube.

9 thoughts on “Miguel Meets His Family in Mexico for the First Time in ‘Earthworks’ Episode

  1. I enjoy your music especially adorn I sing my heart out to it like I’m on stage LOL anyways Ty for making such good music

  2. dear Miguel today is Sunday July 2 ,2,020 and I want you to pray to God me to walk again because I am in a weel chair since and my birthday is coming up next week

  3. I am a 68 yo wife, mother, and grandmother that loves your music and I am so glad you got to meet the other half of your family. Family first.

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