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“La Doña’s vision has paid off”Rolling Stone

“Her songwriting…generates invention within traditional Latin forms; even her recorded music, despite its electronic flourishes, fizzes with embodied, improvisational energy”The New York Times Magazine

“Breathes and expands as a celebration of rhythm and resilience”NPR

“La Doña is the S.F.-Born Musician for This Moment”SF Weekly

Following the release of her latest EP Can’t Eat Clout, La Doña returns to share a new music video for the title track. The live session produced, directed, and led by La Doña was recorded at Different Fur Studios San Francisco, CA with the contributions of her childhood collaborators and friends Naomi Garcia Pasmanick, Tano Brock, Ruben Sandoval, her father, Miguel Govea, Alexis Harnage, Amanda Magaña, Darian Gray, Eos Black, Gaby Aldaz, Josh Hari, Odalys Caro, and Rebecca Rodriguez.

Can’t Eat Clout portrays a young femme artist falling in love with herself, her lover, and her art. The project asserts La Doña’s mastery as a composer and director and presents themes of creative-liberty, anticapitalism, and community resilience. It maps the rise and descent of these three love stories in an electrifying journey that weaves in and out of genres, incorporating La Doña’s expertise in cumbia, salsa, oldies and reggaeton. The EP promotes the amalgam of musical traditions with the contemporary movements of hyphy and reggaeton, showcasing stylistic proclivities birthed from the soil of the Bay Area.

La Doña has steadily become an unequivocal artist to watch. She was chosen as one of YouTube’s Foundry Artists, was awarded the 2020 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Mini-Commission, and performed at Tecate’s “El Patio” and Redbull’s “EEUU de Bass.” She also released her previous EP, Algo Nuevo, which was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 6 best albums of 2020, and one of the standout tracks from the project, “Quién Me La Paga” was the first of The New York Times Magazine’s “19 Songs that Matter Now.” La Doña’s 2022 single “Penas Con Pan” was also recently featured in former-President Barack Obama’s new 2023 playlist.

Watch the video for “Can’t Eat Clout” above and find full tour routing below.

Upcoming Live Dates

10/19 – Mexico City, MX @ Bajo Circuito
10/21 – Monterrey, NL, MX @ Live Out Fest
11/5 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/6 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
11/7 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
11/8 – Morro Bar, CA @ The Siren
11/9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Filmore
11/17 – Portland, OR @ Mission Theater
11/18 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza

Can’t Eat Clout
La Doña
Text Me Records
September 15th, 2023

1. Can’t Eat Clout
2. Loser Girl
3. Paloma No Vuelve Amar
4. Show Me How You Livin’ feat. Tia Morone

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About La Doña:

La Doña, born Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea in San Francisco, California, is a solo reggaeton singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The Chicana artist began her career at age 7 playing trumpet, and later strings and percussion in her family’s conjunto. She also played in a youth salsa band and a Balkan fusion band before synthesizing her unique upbringing in her original compositions. La Doña combines her deep roots in Latin folk traditions like corridos and rumba with the propulsive modern sounds of reggaeton, cumbia, and hip hop. 

La Doña coined the term “Femmeton” to describe her auto-referential songs about love, sex, gentrification and the radical joys of being a queer brown woman in the Bay Area. An activist and educator, she holds her community close- her father, childhood friends, and partner layer live instrumentation, intimate harmonies and driving percussion over a thick reggaeton beat. Influenced by local muralismo and hyphy sensibilities just as much as global diasporas and climate catastrophes, La Doña’s catalogue is eclectic, fresh, and urgent.

When La Doña is not on domestic or international tours, she is teaching youth about Afro-diasporic musics in San Francisco and Oakland, and composing songs to support the liberation of third-world peoples. As a young, queer Latina, La Doña is concerned with representing stories not often told in the mainstream music industry and providing amplification and audience to other young artists of color.  

La Doña was chosen as one of YouTube’s Foundry Artists (2019) and she has performed recently at Lollapalooza and Format Fest. Her song, “Quién Me La Paga” was the first of the New York Times Magazine’s “19 Songs that Matter Now,” for 2020, and her EP, Algo Nuevo, was selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the 6 best albums of 2020. La Doña was awarded the 2021 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artists Grant, and is the recipient of the California Arts Council Creative Corps Fellowship for ‘23/’24. She continues to make music and is slated to release her next EP in the Fall of 2023. 


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