By: FOX 11 Executive Producer Angelica Quiroga
If you like Latin music… actually no, I should write if you like excellent music, then you should check out La Santa Cecilia. The group is named after the patron saint of musicians. Their music is a hybrid of many genres like Cumbia, Rumba, Jazz, Rock and Boleros (I am sure there are others, but their eclectic sound struck these cords with me). According to their website their musical influences range from Miles Davis to Ramon Ayala.
The lead singer, La Marisoul, is appropriately named because her angelic voice reaches deep into your soul and makes a connection. I still remember the first time I heard their music, I was hooked. There was something primal about the way the music affected me. They were performing live in a news studio, with no synthesizers or other devices to alter the sound, the music was pure and for me it was pure delight. It is not just their sound but the lyrics that moved me. Their lyrics are profound and significant and speak to many, like me, who are bi-cultural. It is important to note that I rarely, if ever, say I was moved but that is the only way I can describe what happened to me that day, and every day since that I have listened to their music.
La Santa Cecilia, a Los Angeles-based band, has been making music for over a decade. La Marisoul, the Latin Grammy-nominated "front woman," practically grew up on LA's Placita Olvera. She has often been quoted as saying that she learned to sing at the famous landmark, taught by local musicians.
The quartet's major label debut "Treinta Dias," or Thirty Days features a song with none other than Elvis Costello. But the real hit of this cd is "El Hielo" (ICE or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement), the protest anthem tells the story of three immigrants, one of which is modeled after La Marisoul's own mom who is a housekeeper. No matter where you stand on the issue, I think you will enjoy the song, this is a testament to the fact that music is universal.