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La Santa Cecilia

Los Angeles’ La Santa Cecilia Write Immigration Anthem

July 30, 2013 - In the beginning La Santa Cecilia started playing in Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles for tourists and passers-by.

It was a mix of rancheras, norteno music and other Mexican influenced rhythms. As they started writing originals and playing in clubs and elsewhere they developed a strong following particularly for singer La Marisoul’s charismatic personality and voice. She has sung on stage with Elvis Costello who contributes a vocal on their debut for Universal Records, Treinta Dias. The new album also contains "ICE El Hielo" a song about immigration that touches each member of La Santa Cecilia personally. "ICE" refers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the force involved in deportation of undocumented immigrants. They’ll perform it for us. Plus you can view a video of the entire live performance and interview below. Made possible as part of our Latin Roots Series by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation.
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Recent Release: Treinta Dias
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Label: Universal