Angelica Garcia, the musician who was endorsed by Barack Obama as part of his year-end music list, has announced her forthcoming new album Cha Cha Palace.
The record, which is due out on February 28th through Spacebomb Records, is another opportunity for Garcia to pay homage to her Mexican and Salvadoran roots through her creative vision. “I grew up feeling embarrassed of my culture because it often made me feel like I stuck out in school,” she explained in a statement. “My dad would pick me up sometimes blasting Mexican banda music. My own lunch would embarrass me.”
She continued: “When I got older I realized that these things are all a part of my identity and I should be proud of them. The things that felt like they were holding me back from being ‘a normal American kid’ are actually my power.”
“Growing up I was taught the tradition of looking up to La Virgen de Guadalupe for comfort and protection. This was passed down to me by my grandmother. As I got older, the duality of her story started to sink in with me. I was confused that this young mother is so highly regarded in Latinx culture, yet many women around me (my mothers, cousins, sisters, and friends) felt so disrespected at times because of their gender and its associated roles.
“I believe part of her power is that she’s an unexpected hero. Her power is not defined by her physique. I give thanks for that and cherish that — because if it’s true for her, it’s true for me and my sisters. Sacredness is held within us and cannot be deciphered by an outer appearance.”
To coincide with the album news, Garcia has shared the record’s first tingle, ‘Guadalupe’, which is available to stream below.