La Santa Cecilia got its start playing a mix of rancheras, norteno music and other Mexican-influenced rhythms for tourists and passers-by on Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. The group developed a strong following as it started writing original songs and playing in clubs and other venues.
Audiences particularly responded to singer La Marisoul's charismatic personality and voice. She's sung on stage with Elvis Costello, who contributes a vocal to the band's debut album, Treinta Diaz. Another song from the record, "ICE El Hielo," is about immigration — a subject that touches each member personally. "ICE" refers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the force involved in the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
In this installment of World Cafe, La Santa Cecilia performs a selection of songs from Treinta Diaz, including "ICE El Hielo."
Performance and interview made possible as part of our Latin Roots series by a grant from The Wyncote Foundation.