Lila Downs

Mexican/american Singer-songwriter
Born Sep 19, 1968
Age 47
Hometown Oaxaca

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. Her debut album, La Sandunga, was released in 1999 and she achieved international success in 2001 with the album Border.… Read More

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1968 Birth Lila Downs was born on September 9, 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 more 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 1 More Event
In September 2008 started Ojo de Culebra World Tour, that took her to visit different countries on four continents, this being the most successful Mexican, who with his One Blood Tour visited 30 locations. … Read More


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.
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
2011 42 Years Old 1 More Event
Pecados y Milagros (Sins and Miracles) was the seventh studio album by Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs, released on October 18, 2011. … Read More
2014 45 Years Old Her eighth album is planned for release in 2014. … Read More
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