As immigration reform continues to be a hot button issue in Congress, artists like La Santa Cecilia are reflecting on the politics and how it affects our communities. The Latin Grammy-nominated group has a bold new single out titled, “El Hielo” (“Ice”), an airy and expressive piece highlighting the daily struggles of undocumented immigrants.
Comprised of singer La Marisoul, accordionist Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendada, and percussionist Miguel Ramirez, the group creates a colorful hybrid of cumbia, bossa nova, and tango beats (just to name a few). Now covering SXSW, the group has also opened for veterans like Cafe Tacuba, Ozomatli, and Los Lobos.
When it came to the artistic force behind their new song, off of their album “El Hielo is a song about immigrants in the United States. It explores the stories of the everyday people who work hard in this country to make a better life for their families,” said the group in a statement, “We ourselves are immigrants or children of immigrants and this is our story.”
Listen to “El Hielo” below and let us know what you think!