A native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, Lali started her musical training at the age of nine at the â€œColegio Bellas Artesâ€ in Maracaibo.
Lali MejÃa specializes primarily in the Afro-Venezuelan Folklore as well as other Latin American styles of music. She is a permanent band member of the Venezuelan Music Project (Venezuelan folk music) and the VNote Ensemble (a fusion of Venezuelan music and jazz) and has shared the stage with high caliber musicians such as Marco Granados, Aquiles Baez, Roberto Koch, Maria VolontÃ©, Jorge Glem, Gonzalo Teppa and Francisco â€œPachoâ€ Flores.
Since 2004, Lali has helped facilitate many Afro-Venezuelan workshops around the United States in the company of her teacher and mentor, Jackeline Rago.
Among her most memorable performances are the Macau International Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Moab Music Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and Venezuelan Sounds at the Smithsonian.