Lila Downs

Mexican/American singer-songwriter Lila Downs

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.
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Downs' Album Mixes Traditional Mexican Genres With A Strong Feminist Pulse
NPR - 9 months
Grammy-winning Mexican-American recording star Lila Downs has a new album: Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo. Through her blend of genres, she looks for common ground in both her polarized countries.
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Songs We Love: Lila Downs, 'Peligrosa'
NPR - 10 months
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Mexican-American singer celebrates a revolutionary spirit in her new single. (Image credit: Marcela Taboada/Courtesy of the artist)
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BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Announces Summer Lineup
NYTimes - 10 months
Lake Street Dive, Esperanza Spalding and Lila Downs are to come to Prospect Park this summer.
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Lila Downs: Tiny Desk Concert
NPR - about 1 year
With a voice that borrows heavily from opera, Downs performs the kind of full-throated mariachi singing that would fit right in at Mexico City's Garibaldi Square — ground zero for mariachi. (Image credit: NPR)
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'La Llorona': A Spooky Folk Song With Many Lives
NPR - over 1 year
Just in time for Día de los Muertos, here are 12 versions of an old song that still frightens. Hear "La Llorona" performed by Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, Mariachi Flor de Toloache and more.
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There's Going To Be A Concert On The U.S.-Mexico Border
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Music has the ability to transport you. In this case, it could take you across borders. On Oct. 15, a slew of talented musicians and celebrities will head to the U.S.-Mexico border for a free, bilingual concert called “RiseUp AS ONE.” The show will include performances by Juanes, Carlos Vives, Andra Day, Jesse & Joy, Los Tigres del Norte, Lila Downs and Alejandro Sanz, as well as appearances by special guests Gael García Bernal, Jonás Cuarón, Mía Maestro and Wilmer Valderrama. The event, staged by Univision and Fusion, will be held in San Diego, Calif. at the Cross Border Xpress (CBX), an airport terminal and enclosed skywalk bridge that provides access to Tijuana Airport. The bridge spans just over 390 feet, and is the first to directly connect a facility in the U.S. to a foreign airport, making it the perfect location for such an event.  “The U.S.-Mexico border provides the perfect stage for this amazing event and is a way to highlight diversity and inclusion, despite b...
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2015 Latin Grammy Winners Include Juan Luis Guerra, Natalia Lafourcade
Huffington Post - over 2 years
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Winners of the 16th annual Latin Grammy Awards, presented Thursday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas: - Album of the year: "Todo Tiene su Hora," Juan Luis Guerra 4.40 - Record of the year: "Hasta la Raiz," Natalia Lafourcade - Song of the year: "Hasta la Raiz," Leonel Garcia, Natalia Lafourcade - New artist: Monsieur Periné - Contemporary pop album: "Sirope," Alejandro Sanz - Urban music album: "El que Sabe, Sabe," Tego Calderón - Rock album: "B," Diamante Eléctrico - Alternative album: "Hasta la Raiz," Natalia Lafourcade - Salsa album: "Son de Panamá," Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado - Folkloric album: "Balas y Chocolate," Lila Downs - Latin jazz album: "Jazz Meets The Classics," Paquito D'Rivera Complete list available at . Also on HuffPost:  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but ma...
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10 Reasons You'll Love Living In A Majority-Minority America
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
By 2043, the Census Bureau predicts that the United States will become a "majority-minority" country, in which no racial group makes up more than half of the population. While we can't know exactly what the future holds for the nation, we imagine it will mean more diversity. With that in mind, here are 10 reasons why everyone could benefit from an increasingly multiracial, multiethnic and multicultural America: New Flavors, Better Food Korean-American chef David Chang prepares vegetables for dinner at Momofuku Ko in New York. Momofuko Ko is Chang's third restaurant. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Solidly majority-white America spent much of the mid-20th century using the kitchen as an unholy science lab for turning out unrecognizable, processed foods like jello, spam and oversized chicken breasts ripped off of birds whose legs buckled under their own weight. Less squeamish ethnic enclaves and immigrant-descended communities are already putting America back in touch with age...
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Lila Downs' songs speak to Demian Flores' artists in exhibit at USC
LATimes - over 4 years
Demian Flores, a graphic artist and painter, and Lila Downs, a singer-songwriter, combine song and artwork to create 'Pecados y Milagros' at USC Fisher Museum of Art. Like folk art and fine art, or mezcal and worms, sins and miracles might seem like a very odd couple. But for Demián Flores and Lila Downs, mixing pecados (sins) and milagros (miracles) proved to be a potent combination.
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Camino Americano: Concert and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, with its partners CASA de Maryland, the AFL-CIO, SEIU and many others, will present Camino Americano: Concert and March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Los Tigres del Norte will headline the free Concert and will be joined by guest artists Lila Downs and Little Joe (Hernandez). Los Tigres have been at the forefront of the immigration debate from almost the very beginning. The outdoor, two-hour concert will begin at 12:30 p.m. at 10th Street and the National Mall. While many of you may not be able to join us in person, we hope that the Concert and March will resonate in your hearts and minds. Latinos have united and shown their cumulative strength convincingly at the ballot box, most notably during the November 2012 presidential election. Our unity is largely due to the vitriolic messaging from the conservative right; but negativity should not be the basis of what u...
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Obama Postpones Latino Music Concert After Navy Shootings
Yahoo News - over 4 years
In light of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, the White House has postponed Monday night’s scheduled concert in the East Room that was to feature Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Lila Downs and other musicians to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, “Musica Latina: In Performance at the White House,” was to... Read more »
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White House to celebrate Hispanic culture
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Washington, Sep 13 (IANS/EFE) Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs, Ricky Martin and Alejandro Sanz are among the artistes invited to perform at a White House event next week as part of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the White House said.
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Lila Downs Reveals Her Influences
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It's been quite a year for Mexican folk singer Lila Downs. She earned a Grammy in February, she released a new recording and she honored her father's life. Downs returns to Tucson for a performance Sunday at the Fox Tucson Theatre at 7 p.m. as part of UApresents. In March, the Mexican-born Downs performed in Minneapolis, where she grew up, at a retrospective of her late father's work. Allen Downs was a filmmaker and professor of art at the University of Minnesota. Like her father's former students, the singer was strongly influenced by his art and ideas.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lila Downs
  • 2016
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    Her last album 'Balas Y Chocolate' was listed on i-Tunes as one of the years best in World Music 2015, was one of the UK Sunday Times best albums of the year and was a Best Album of the Year pick in Songlines Magazine, where she was featured on the cover of the June 2016 issue.
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    In 2015, Lila Downs joined the judging panel for The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards and by doing so, helped to assist the careers of upcoming independent artists.
    Her eighth album, "Balas y Chocolate", was released in 2015.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    In June 2010, Downs announced on her web site that, after several years of trying to be parents, she and Paul Cohen had adopted a child, Benito Dxuladi.
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    The tour officially ended on November 17, 2010 in Square Dance by Oaxaca City where she had an audience of approximately seven thousand people.
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    In March 2010, Lila Downs announced a world tour Black Magic Woman Tour which began in Buenos Aires, Argentina with three sold out shows.
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  • 2009
    Age 40
    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 39
    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.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    In May 2007, Downs published a DVD collection as a document of that tour in a concert in Oaxaca and Mexico City; this DVD contained thirteen live tracks and a documentary as well as special features like interviews, short films by Allen Downs (Lila's father) and videos.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 37
    Lila Downs took approximately one and a half years to prepare this project, which was released in April 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    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.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    One Blood, one of Lila Downs' most successful albums, was released in April 2004, simultaneously in the United States, Spain, and Mexico.
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  • 2001
    Age 32
    Border, released by EMI Music in 2001, was the first album by Downs to feature songs sung in English.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    In October 2000, she began a two-month tour called the Tree of Life/Árbol de la vida, which included concerts in Latin America, Europe and the US.
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  • 1999
    Age 30
    It was not until 1999, when Downs signed with the label Narada Productions, that she achieved commercial success and made herself known internationally with the album La Sandunga.
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    In 1999, Downs came to prominence with her debut studio album, La Sandunga, which was a critical and commercial success.
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  • 1997
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996 Downs recorded a live session at a renowned café-bar of the City of Oaxaca.
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  • 1994
    Age 25
    In 1994 Lila Downs independently made her first album, entitled Ofrenda.
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  • 1968
    Lila Downs was born on September 19, 1968 in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico.
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