Boundary-Crossing Calaverita

By: José Manuel Simián

Just in time to make a dent on another year of over commercialization of Dia de los Muertos, comes a new gem from LA’s La Santa Cecilia.

Their latest single, “Calaverita,” is a celebration of life and death, with full respect to those who have passed. 

It may also be the poppest track ever released by the Angeleno sextet thanks to its calypso and Afropop-infused rhythm or the disco bassline that kicks in a couple of times. 

But don’t expect to see it topping the Billboard charts anytime soon: boundary-crossing music as good and smart as this rarely gets the attention it deserves. 

The track is the second single from their highly-anticipated new album, scheduled to be released early next year. Previously, La Santa Cecilia had released the norteño swing "I Won't Cry For You." If these two tracks are indication of what they have in store, we're in for another treat.

Take a listen to "Calaverita" and its zombie-themed video (with a wink to Eastside Luv, one of our favorite LA venues) below:



José Manuel Simián is the Executive Editor of Manero. He used to be a lawyer and is probably listening to Bob Dylan as you read this.