The Chicana musician, that just recently collaborated with Los Texmaniacs from San Antonio, plays whatever from norteño, cumbia, salsa and reggaeton.
AUSTIN, Texas– When the ACL Celebration schedule was first introduced in May, there was a recognizable absence of Latin musicians. The festival swiftly remedied itself after criticisms, adding artists such as Karol G, Yendry and Lunay. However one artist has been a radiating light on the lineup initially– San Francisco’s La Doña.
La Doña, aka Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, grew up playing trumpet and also percussion with her household, performing properly for the very first time when she was just 7 years old. She plays every little thing from norteño, cumbia, salsa and also reggaeton, or what she calls mujer-powered “femmeton.”
“My music roots come from a lot of various places,” La Doñan informed KVUE after her Weekend break Two set. “I matured playing regional Mexican music with my household band as well as I, you know, we likewise played merengue, salsa as well as cumbia. I saw a great deal of different Afro diasporic Latinx music. But I likewise turned up in the tradition of American folk and bluegrass all the time, you know, like the people revivalist activity, all of that. So I assume that my songs kind of integrates a lot of that.”
After an amazing collection at Weekend break 1 and a reward show with Austin’s Gina Chavez at Antone’s, La Doñan obtained festivalgoers dancing once more at Weekend break 2.
“It’s been so enjoyable,” she claimed. “We played last weekend break as well, however I believe this weekend break has been such a desire, like the one that was solidified. Our audio team was really awesome. The group was truly entailed as well as extremely listened. So it was simply an actually, actually amazing time.”
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For La Doña, it’s good simply to be touring once more as well as playing real-time songs before a group. Her launching EP, “Algo Nuevo,” was released March 12, 2020, equally as the fact of COVID-19 lockdowns struck the U.S. It misbehaved timing, to state the least.
“It was specifically compounded by it being the launch day of my job,” La Doña said. “That day I was supposed to have a massive event. I’m a mariachi instructor, so all of my trainees were readied to bet the opening. And I was mosting likely to. My audience is really intergenerational, so I was mosting likely to have, you recognize, like my niece as well as nephew as well as all the grandmothers and every person there.”
La Doñan enjoys Texas and also Austin, but as a San Francisco native, she sees a predicament she knows all too well. Much like in the Bay Location, the exploding population development, driven by an increase of tech companies, is pricing out longtime Austinites.
Her track, “Quién Me La Paga,” is about the increasing expense of living in her hometown. But it’s additionally a celebration of those that choose to remain.
“To start with, the first thing I want to do is to definitely recognize and also apologize for the impact that The golden state technology market has on us,” the musician informed KVUE. “You understand, coming up in San Francisco, you really feel a lot stress, obviously, of an incoming industry and demographic and taking over your city. However I have actually been speaking with a lot of Austin locals and also individuals that live below. I have actually had the ability to recognize that that’s what’s taking place right here, and also practically like peripherally to San Francisco– like, that’s the 2nd wave. So I feel that discomfort and also I see that influence.”
While her music and also lyrics are deeply rooted in where she’s from, the singer feels a link with Texas and also the Tejano music custom. Most recently, she collaborated with conjunto band Los Texmaniacs out of San Antonio.
“I fulfilled Los Texmaniacs when they did a home program in San Francisco, and we kept up all night jamming and also partying as well as playing, and they welcomed me to San Antonio to tape with them. So yeah, we just had a truly fantastic week. We were in the studio, we made a lot of music as well as it felt very organic. That’s why I did music– to satisfy individuals, to connect with individuals, to produce brand-new points that like all of us understand about as well as respect.”
La Doña has a brand-new tune, “Mi Nuevo Amor,” coming out on Oct. 12 as well as a plastic launch at Amoeba Music in San Francisco on Nov. 12.
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