La Santa Cecilia – El Hielo

21 May

La Santa Cecilia. I first saw them in 2009 after they opened up for Taller Sur at the Viento y Agua Coffeehouse. I believe Taller Sur was celebrating their 4th anniversary or something like that. This group had such amazing stage presence with overly talented musicians. Oh and the girls voice! It was strong, jazzy, emotional, Janis Joplin with a mariachi feel. Here is a clip of that performance of “El Chicle” their love song corrido.


I knew they were going to be bigger than any trova or any latin alternative group to come out of LA in recent years. Sure enough they began to get bigger gigs, open up for bigger and bigger artists. During their climb to success, they became very close friends with Ruby Castellanos. They often collaborated with her especially La Marisoul- the lead singer. I went to a few get togethers at Ruby’s house with members of LSC being present. I would heard of their struggles to simply pay their rent and make their clothes (?!) with the help of their grandmothers.

When in late 2012 they announced their record deal with Universal Records, it came as no major surprise. Of course they had a marketability factor! Before their official record release, they released a song called “Ice El Hielo” as a reference to the emotional effects of the deportation of undocumented immigrants. Its hard to watch this clip without getting emotional on either end of the spectrum. I showed this video clip to my students since they are singing “La Jaula de Oro” and they were stunned, shocked beyond disbelief and some of the boys even began to cry. See if you can watch it without crying. Without further a do here is “Ice EL Hielo.”


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