Angelica Garcia encourages you to Wear Your Roots in new single “Jícama”
Angelica Garcia has released her new single “Jícama” alongside a video directed by Grant Jensen (Daft Punk, Drake, Bruno Mars), and announced select U.S. headline shows at LA’s Gold Diggers on October 2nd and at NYC’s Bowery Electric on October 7th. Premiering via The FADER, “Jícama” and its accompanying single artwork feature Garcia donning both the U.S. & Mexican flags as an empowering call for all to proudly “Wear Your Roots” despite the current political landscape, which finds immigrants, minorities, and POC from all over the world as targets of hate and xenophobia. Watch the video.
Garcia today also launched a charity initiative to coincide with the track’s release: ‘Wear Your Roots’ t-shirts are now available for sale via the Spacebomb store, with all proceeds going to regionally-based organizations supporting migrant families in the U.S.: ¡MIRA!, Annunciation House, and Immigrant Families Together. The Richmond, VA-based artist, who sings about and pulls inspiration from her experience growing up in the predominantly Latinx communities of Southern California, says of the fundraiser: “I come from a line of immigrants so I wanted the proceeds of these shirts to go directly towards supporting migrant families. This effort is for the children of the 600 taken by ICE in Mississippi, migrants seeking refuge in El Paso & families that have been separated at the border. Thank you for supporting.” Buy the shirt.
Speaking of the new single, Garcia elaborates:
This song is about not being seen for having a dual identity. When you don’t feel seen, you don’t feel accepted for who you are. In my case, I’m American, but I am also Mexican & Salvadoran because of my family blood. Though people often don’t know where to put me, I proudly wear both sides of my identity. The U.S. is a country made up of people from other countries. This song and video are a love letter to kids who grew up embracing two worlds just like me. Seems like many people in power are concerned with preserving some sort of ideal American identity— but our identity as a country is complex. Accepting and enforcing just one perspective is often just a guise for racism and xenophobia. To knock my family and I down for our Latinx roots is to knock down all of America’s history. Like many, I was born in this country.
Angelica Garcia – “Jícama”
DIG | 09.10.2019