La Santa Cecilia

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La Santa Cecilia
MembersMarisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez
La Santa Cecilia performing in 2015

La Santa Cecilia is a Mexican-American band based in Los Angeles, California[1] who play a blend of many forms of music, including cumbia, bossa nova,[2] and boleros.[3] The name La Santa Cecilia is based upon the patron saint of musicians, Saint Cecilia.[2] For their full-length studio album, Treinta Días, the group won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album in 2014.


La Santa Cecilia’s influence ranges from Cumbia, Afro-Cuban, Bossa Nova, folk,[2] Mariachi, rock, blues,[4] Bolero, Rancheras, Norteñas and jazz.[3] Influential artists include Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, Mercedes Sosa, and Ramon Ayala.[2][4][5]


The members of the band include:[2][4]

  • Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez: Lead Singer
  • Jose "Pepe" Carlos: Accordionist and Requinto
  • Miguel "Oso" Ramirez: Percussionist
  • Alex Bendaña: Bassist

Additional Members:

  • Andres Torres: Drummer
  • Marco Sandoval: Guitarist


Studio Albums[edit]

  • Noche y Citas (2010)
  • El Valor (2012)
  • Treinta Días (2013)
  • Someday New (2014)
  • Buenaventura (2016)
  • Amar y Vivir (2017)

Videos and documentaries[edit]

The group's first video was for La Negra.[3] The band released a video for Ice El Hielo, in collaboration with filmmaker Alex Rivera and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. It "portrays the problem of illegal immigration from the perspective of undocumented immigrants."[6]

La Santa Cecilia, in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy, urge their fans to conserve water and other natural resources in a video that is part of the Conservancy's All Hands On Earth campaign.[7]


Their music has been used in television and movies, such as on the “Weeds” television program[2] and TV series "The Bridge" (1-8)


  1. ^ Contreras, Felix (2012-05-02). "The Truth About Cinco De Mayo". NPR. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "La Santa Cecilia Are LA's Next Big Genre-Bending Latino - Music - Orange County". OC Weekly. 2009-12-03. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  3. ^ a b c Vicglamar Torres (2011-01-13). "La Santa Cecilia busca quien le rece". Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  4. ^ a b c Reed Johnson (2011-08-30). "Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia is gaining popularity". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  5. ^ "La Santa Cecilia". SXSW Inc. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  6. ^ "'Ice El Hielo' Brings Deportation Protest To Song (VIDEO)". 2013-04-10. Retrieved 2013-06-05.
  7. ^ "La Santa Cecila te insta a cuidar de la naturaleza". People En Espanol. 2012-12-18. Retrieved 2013-06-05.

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