La Santa Cecilia’s video for Ice  El Hielo is a moving depiction of a harsh reality faced by many immigrants in the United States

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Ice El Hielo – La Santa Cecilia

The Los Angeles Band La Santa Cecilia released their bossa nova single, “Ice El Hielo” in March and was well received by critics and fans including bnovamusic:

“ICE El Hielo” their latest single is one that certainly channels their bossa nova influence more than any other. There is a mix of varied instruments with an acoustic guitar being  accompanied by minor and gentle electronic elements, occasional piano notes and a softly beaten drum pattern in the background. Though more bossa nova than latin, the latter influence is bought out by the vocal performance and lyrical content of the song.

On “Ice El Hielo” La Marisoul sings with a prosody that is close to her Latin roots which nicely adds to the effect of what the song is trying to convey. The beginning of the song features a soundbite that explains the title and theme of the song – ” Ice – Immigration & Customs Enforcement.” The lyrics portray the anxieties faced by many Latin immigrants in the United States, a matter that is of particular political interest at the moment.

Since then they have released an accompanying music video to portray the message. Released in early April the video features a cast of Latin actors and actresses and to make the story all the more real to the viewers all the actors and actresses featured were undocumented immigrants. It reminds us that these immigrants are sometime forcibly uprooted from their homes and families and deported without regard for them or their families.

The video even depicts the ironic fate of, “Isaac” who works for the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and not only witnesses but partakes in the deportation of the Latin immigrants. Despite this he himself may be a victim to the very institution he works for. The video was produced by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and directed by Alexa Rivera. It is apart of the Not1More campaign which according to their website is:

A project…….meant to foster collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.

We hear at bnovamusic acknowledge and respect the impact immigrants have on cultures across the world including that of the United States of America. If you are a part of an organization that would want to support this campaign by signing up your organization to be included in a letter that will be delivered to the president you can do so here.

The video for Ice El Heilo is below:

External Links

The official website for Not1moredeportation – http://www.notonemoredeportation.com/

The official site for La Santa Cecilia – http://lasantacecilia.com/