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Young Los Angeles Latinos Win a Grammy

February 3, 2014
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La Santa Cecilia

The Latin alternative band La Santa Cecilia won a Grammy for its debut album “Treinta Días.” The category was Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album.

The band started performing on Olivera Street in L.A. for spare change. It is led by Marisol Hernandez. She is a spirited performer. Her voice is said to be like “the love child of Janis Joplin and Celia Cruz.”

She dresses in what some call Mesoamerican-Tropical Pop Art. Her outfits include polka-dot blouses, lemon skirts and hand-painted shoes.

The group is going from local to international fame. They are becoming the face of the under-35 Latino population. They often perform to support immigration reform.

Their hit single, El Hielo (ICE), is a song about immigrant workers living in fear of being deported. The band’s accordion player was six years old when his Oaxacan parents crossed the border. He has been trying to become a U.S. citizen ever since.

The band has been named one of the “Rising Hispanic Artists to Watch.” It is said to have “crossover appeal.” It is traveling the distance between the Spanish-dominant market to the English-speaking market. It sits in what one person called “the great-in-between.”

Many people think the band has a great future. It embodies the immigrant perspective. Their work is very musical and colorful. They are preparing a new album to be released this spring.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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