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Siervas: The 12 nuns that are selling out concerts all over Latin America

2016-01-15

They use a wide variety of instruments: from the classic violin or clarinet to the electric guitar and drums. They're Las Siervas, which is Spanish for "the servants.” The group of 12 unconventional female religious is spreading music all over the world.

Their first music video, "Trust in God,” was recorded in Lima, Peru. It's already received more than 200,000 views on YouTube in just over a month. The song tells the story of a boy who is lost at the mall but finds the love of God.

Las Siervas say they have just one objective with their music.

SISTER CINDY
"The idea is that the music can transmit the message of the faith. That's what's important to us. And to reach a greater group of people, we use lots of diverse instruments and diverse genres of music.”

SISTER MONICA
"We want to follow the call of Pope Francis and go to the peripheries where they are far from God and do not know him. Music is an excellent medium that the Church has always used.”

The group has no shortage of supporters. To make the music video, they counted on volunteer help from ordinary Peruvians and prestigious music producers like Francisco Murias and Joe Martlet, who have been nominated for Grammy Awards because of their work with bands like the Foo Fighters and Nirvana.

After a large concert in Lima this past November, where they filled Exposition Park, the band toured through Chile, Ecuador, and Colombia. They're now recording their second CD.

All of the proceeds from the band's activities go toward helping out the most needy.

SISTER JOSEFINA
"Everything we raise is for charity, to help in different places. For example, last year, with proceeds from a concert we were able to open our second community in Angola. And this year we want to help one of the poorest places in Peru, in Ayacucho. We want our funds to go there, to the mission.”

Given how ambitious their mission is, they don't hesitate to make music of all styles that can reach a mass audience.

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