Lila Downs

Mexican/american Singer-songwriter
Born Sep 19, 1968

Ana Lila Downs Sánchez best known as Lila Downs is a Mexican singer-songwriter. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous mexican influences and has recorded songs in indigenous languages such as mixtec, zapotec, maya, nahuatl and p'urhépecha.… Read More

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1968 Birth Lila Downs was born on September 19, 1968 in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. … Read More


1994 25 Years Old In 1994 Lila Downs independently made her first album, entitled Ofrenda. … Read More
1996 27 Years Old In 1996 Downs recorded a live session at a renowned café-bar of the City of Oaxaca. … Read More
1997 28 Years Old In 1997 Lila Downs made a second recording, called "Traces", on which she performed material that was to be included in later albums such as La Sandunga, Tree of Life and Border. … Read More


1999 30 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1999, Downs came to prominence with her debut studio album, La Sandunga, which was a critical and commercial success. … Read More
2000 - 2001 2 More Events
2004 35 Years Old One Blood, one of Lila Downs' most successful albums, was released in April 2004, simultaneously in the United States, Spain, and Mexico. … Read More
2005 36 Years Old Lila Downs received in 2005 the Grammy Latino in the category of "Best Album of World Music" for this album and reached the top of the charts in United States, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany and France.
2006 37 Years Old Lila Downs took approximately one and a half years to prepare this project, which was released in April 2006. … Read More
2007 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007, Downs published a CD with the greatest success in Spanish to date, containing songs from her previous albums La Sandunga, Tree of Life, Border/The Line, One Blood and La Cantina It was entitled simply The Very Best of Lila Downs; was accompanied with a DVD containing thirteen tracks recorded live at a concert in Madrid, Spain. … Read More
2008 39 Years Old Although not part of the tour, Lila Downs appeared in the Live Earth in Germany, where she played three songs, and in late 2008 sang at the Harmony Festival held in California, United States.


2009 40 Years Old The single "Black magic woman" achieved moderate success in Europe, United States and Canada, and the single "Silent Thunder" was later well received by the British market. In October 2009 Lila Downs was honored by a plaque at the outskirts of her hometown and birthplace, Tlaxiaco, Mexico, and also was awarded the keys the city for her work preserving the language of Mixtec. … Read More
In March 2010, Lila Downs announced a world tour Black Magic Woman Tour which began in Buenos Aires, Argentina with three sold out shows. … Read More
Her eighth album, "Balas y Chocolate", was released in 2015. … Read More
2016 47 Years Old In August of 2016, Lila Downs performed at the 21st Annual Santa Barbara Mariachi Festival along side Aida Cuevas, Mariachi Sol de Mexico, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, and Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles in Santa Barbara, CA. … Read More
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