About this Artist
Blending Caribbean beats, reggaeton, and hip hop styles, San Francisco-born Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea composes songs that explore radical brown femininity as La Doña .
The Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist grew up performing professionally as a trumpeter in her parent’s conjunto, eventually mastering instruments such as the guitarrón, vihuela, guitar, and Latin percussion. “To be a part of my family is also to be a musician,” she says. Her father even joined La Doña’s U.S. tour run with Cuco , for which she composed all the arrangements and led her live band. Shortly after, she opened for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba and was named one of YouTube Music's Foundry artists - past alumni include Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna.
La Doña’s sound and stage shows converge hip hop, rumba, and corridos, and are characterized by a full horn section and fat layered harmonies. Identity informs all parts of Peña-Govea’s process as she creates a new style of reggaeton — “Femmeton” — and composes cut-throat rancheras al estilo Tejano, influenced heavily by Bay Area hyphy styles, lowrider culture, Mission muralismo, and musica de la (U.S./Mexico) frontera.
La Doña released her debut Algo Nuevo EP March 12th on Human Re-Sources. Her songs are inspired by love, sex, pain, and climate catastrophes.