Latin Grammy nominated, alternative band La Santa Cecilia ( who just signed the major-label record deal with Universal Latin) are immigrants, the children of immigrants, and dreamers.
The Los Angeles based band that takes their name from the patron saint of music is the epitome of our new bi-cultural generation– fully immersed in the modern music and art of the country many have called home since their youngest days, while adventurously fusing together a new sound that also pays homage to the rich traditions of their Mexican heritage.
La Santa Cecilia consists of accordionist and requintero Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez, and lead vocalist La Marisoul, whose captivating voice sings about love, loss and heartbreak.
Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who, for the past fifteen years, has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories.
His first feature film, Sleep Dealer, a science-fiction feature set on the U.S./Mexico border, won multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival, was screened as part of ‘New Directors / New Films’ at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center, and had a commercial release in the U.S, France, Japan, and other countries around the world.
Alex is a Sundance Fellow, Rockefeller Fellow, USA Artist Fellow, Creative Capital grantee and in 2008 was named one of Variety Magazine’s “10 Directors to Watch.” His recent collaborations have included work with Manu Chao, Ana Tijoux and Maria Hinojosa. Alex studied at Hampshire College and lives in Los Angeles.
Eva using a rag to wipe clean the table
Cautiously making everything shines like a pearl
When the boss gets home, she hopes there’ll be no complaints
Accusing her of being illegal
Jose tends to the yard, they look like Disneyland
He drives an old truck without a license
It doesn’t matter if he was a taxi driver in his home country
That doesn’t count for Uncle Sam
ICE is on the loose out on the streets
You never know when your number’s up
Cry, Children cry when they get out
They cry when mom’s not coming to pick them up
Some of us stay here
Others stay there
That happens for going out to find work.
Martha arrived as a child and dreams of studying
But it’s hard for her without papers
Those who were born here get the laurels
But she never gives up her fight
Eva pasando el trapo sobre la mesa, ahi esta
Cuidando que todo brille como una perla
Cuando llegue la patrona que no se vuelva a quejar
No sea cosa que la acuse de ilegal
José atiende los jardines, parecen de Disneyland
Maneja una troca vieja sin la licencia
No importa si fue taxista alla en su tierra natal
Eso no cuenta para el Tio Sam
El hielo handa suelto por esas calles
Nunca se sabe cuando nos va a tocar
Lloran, los niños lloran a la salida
Lloran al ver que no llegará mamá
Uno se queda aquí
Otro se queda alla
Eso pasa por salir a tabajar
Martha llego de niña y sueña con estudiar
Pero se le hace dificil sin los papeles
Se quedan con los laureles los que nacieron aca
Pero ella nunca dejar de luchar
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