Marisol Hernandez, Local Musician & Activist

Margarita Gonzalez interviews Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez, a local artist who was born and raised in East Los Angeles and lead singer of the band, La Santa Cecilia at the Sounds of California: Boyle Heights Festival. Recorded at the Sounds of California: Boyle Heights Festival (October 2021).

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Marisoul Hernandez is the lead singer of the grammy-award winning group, "La Santa Cecilia." Being born in the heart of Los Angeles and growing up in the Eastside has a deep influence on her music and connection to her community. During the interview, she shares her thoughts on the country's conservative sentiments towards working class immigrants and how having a daughter has heightened her awareness of the dangerous realities that women are too-often subjected to in today's world.

ACTA · Sounds of CA - Boyle Heights
What makes you so passionate about music?
"Music makes me happy. It consoles me when I feel sad and I wanted to give back what it has given me. That's why I like to sing...because I like touching people with music, making them happy, comforting them, entertaining them, making them is important for us to use music as a tool to support causes that are important to us."
What do you think about migration?
"If the birds migrate and fly from place to place, humans also have every right to be able to leave their town, to leave their country and seek a better life. Most times leisure is not the cause for people to leave their country. It is often due to circumstances of violence or necessity for survival. So I believe that migration is not all for pleasure, but rather out of necessity"