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Lila Downs
Mexican-American Superstar

Lila Downs

Series:MAY 16–19 | Lila Downs

Sat, May 18 2019 | 7:30 PM
Miner Auditorium
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Mexican-American vocalist Lila Downs is a GRAMMY winner and one of the most celebrated singers of her generation. A native of Oaxaca, she’s built a career bridging cultures and languages, both as a musician and social activist for humanitarian causes. Growing up as the daughter of a Mixtec singer and a renowned American photographer, Downes blended a deep passion for the traditions of her homeland with an ingrained wanderlust.

With guidance from her mother and inspiration from Mexican vocal greats Chavela Vargas and Lucha Villa balanced by the gamut of American music she heard in the States, Downs began singing rancheras at eight and explored the indigenous music of the Mixtec and Zapotec traditions of Oaxaca. She made her major label debut with 1999’s jazz-informed La Sandunga, and her contributions to the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic Frida elevated her status to that of a major international star. Over the ensuing years, Downs has become recognized worldwide as a global ambassador for Mexico’s folkloric traditions and champion for the preservation of native Mexican culture, recording songs in indigenous Mayan, Nahuatl, Trique, and Purépecha languages. She’s won a GRAMMY and multiple Latin GRAMMYs, including a 2015 nod for Balas y Chocolate, which made “best of year” lists on iTunes, the UK Sunday Times, and Songlines magazine, and her 2017 Sony Music album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Salon, Tears and Desire).

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Downs has become recognized worldwide as a global ambassador for Mexico’s folkloric traditions and champion for the preservation of native Mexican culture.

Trained as an opera singer, and a specialist in Mexican folk, Lila Downs is remarkable for her vocal and emotional range.

The Guardian

Trained as an opera singer, and a specialist in Mexican folk, Lila Downs is remarkable for her vocal and emotional range.

The Guardian

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