La Santa Cecilia. Whenever someone asks me what kind of music they play, I'm always tongue-tied.
Well, they play Latin rhythms, Mexican melodies, Afro-Cuban percussion mixed with rock and jazz. Oh! And they play kick ass covers of U2, The Beatles, and Bob Marley to name a few.
Michael saw them perform one night while he was out in L.A for the Art Walk. They performed somewhere near Olvera Street. You've got to hear this band! he told me once he got home. I know you'll love them. I looked them up (on Myspace of all places), and fell in love with their music.
Then, my family had the pleasure of watching them perform a few years ago at a Dia de los Muertos festival at a nearby college campus. Ever since then, our entire family became fans (check out Maya's video down below). They are original, unique and their music has the tendency to reach down into your soul. Like their cover of U2's One. I didn't think there was a way to improve that song but they did. Every time I hear Marisoul's voice, I get tears in my eyes.
Out of the blue one day, Michael told me that he remembered a young girl that would sing right there in front of the shops on Olvera Street. He grew up going there with his family. "That's her! That girl was Marisoul!"
La Santa Cecilia perform all over Southern California, and I was super bummed that I missed them play in my hometown back in April, while I was in Mexico. But...they'll be performing tomorrow night at the Summer Concerts at the Skirball Cultural Center, August 23rd at 8:00pm.
Check it out! The location is amazing and so is La Santa Cecilia.
Maya sings La Santa Cecilia from Pearmama on Vimeo.