Libby Harding ("La Bruja")
musical director, jarana, vocals

Libby grew up in Southern California in a home surrounded by Latin American music and culture. Her father, Tim, is a renowned professor of Latin American history and music and a multi-instrumentalist, and her mother, Pan, taught Mexican dance; both are fluent in Spanish. She quickly developed a love and an uncanny facility for this music, especially the lively son jarocho of Veracruz, Mexico. The former Oakwood School student later studied recording engineering at the Institute for Audio Research in New York City, graduating in 1980. Libby joined her sister Cindy's group Sabiá in 1982; Sabiá toured the U.S., Canada and Central America extensively through the '80s, and released three acclaimed albums. Libby was the songwriter and co-lead singer of Sabiá, composer of numerous songs that have been performed and recorded by many other artists. In 1985 she received a Special Award of Recognition from the University of Veracruz in Jalapa, Mexico, for her work in the promotion of jarocho music in the U.S. Libby studied music at L.A. Valley College, receiving a NARAS Musical Achievement Award in 1986.