Lila Downs

Lila Downs

 

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Ana Lila Downs Sánchez (born September 9, 1968[1]) is a Mexican-American singer-songwriter and actress. She performs her own compositions and the works of others in multiple genres, as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music.[2] She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha. Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attended University of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City.

Her first album, Ofrenda, was released in 1994. In 1999, Downs came to prominence with her debut studio album, La Sandunga, which was a critical and commercial success. She achieved international success in 2001 with the album Border which emerged in the music scene of Mexico and Latin America in the early 2000s (decade). Downs's seventh album, Pecados y Milagros (2011), topped album charts in most major markets and generated chart-topping world music albums. Her eighth album, "Balas y Chocolate", was released in 2015. "Salón Lágrimas y Deseo", her ninth album, came out in 2017.

Downs began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with traditional music, Latin and American influences, and with her own original twist on dancing. Downs, a native Spanish speaker, also speaks fluent Mixtec and English.[3] Downs through her activism has gone through great lengths to preserve the Mixtec language as well as many other Indigenous Mexican languages.

Influenced by Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa, Lucha Villa, and Amparo Ochoa, Lila Downs is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through her traditional and authentic fashion, the majority of which are based around Mexico's indigenous peoples' styles, cultures and heritages, which show through her performances and music videos. Her achievements include one Grammy Award and three Latin Grammy Awards.

Besides her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and political activism, especially dealing with issues of Latin America's indigenous.

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Salón Lágrimas y Deseo
Album
Salón Lágrimas y Deseo is an album by musical artist Lila Downs, released on May 26, 2017.
Palabras de Mujer
Song
Palabras de Mujer is a song by musical artist Lila Downs, released on May 19, 2017.
Un Mundo Raro
Song
Un Mundo Raro is a song by musical artist Lila Downs, released on May 12, 2017.
Peligrosa
Song
Peligrosa is a song by musical artist Lila Downs, released on April 28, 2017.

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Popular Albums20

Album Appearances & References41

Popular Songs10

Song Appearances & References3

Musical Groups1

Films2

Minor Film Appearances & References2

Minor Musical Appearances & References2

Minor Play Appearances & References1

Book References & Influences1

Poetry Appearances & References1

Collaborators & Influencers18

Other Music-Related Relationships5

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships1

Awards & Nominations4

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Spotify - Albums & Singles55

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles7

Ana Tijoux and Lila Downs’ First Collab Is “Tinta Roja,” a Roaring Ballad
  –  February 9, 2018
The baroque ballad is a haunting collaboration between the brassy French-Chilean rapper and singer Ana Tijoux and Mexican-American powerhouse Lila Downs — two proud defenders ... working on for years, but with music that is totally different than what ...
Into the Latin American Songbook
  –  February 19, 2018
The tune is ubiquitous in Latin America, largely because artists like Chavela Vargas, Lila Downs, and the all-woman band Mariachi Flor de Toloache have continually re-created it. Most recently, a spirited version of “La Llorona” made it into the ...
The Number of Female Nominees Across Latin American Music Awards in 2017 Is Alarming
  –  February 13, 2018
Mexican-American singer-actress Lila Downs and Colombian pop empress Shakira made up the nine women who took home Latin Grammys in 2017. Spanish singer and composer Vanesa Martín, Camila Cabello, Shakira and Haim won during last year's Premios 40 Principales.
The Playlist: John Prine Comes Home, and 10 More New Songs
  –  February 11, 2018
Or can she? J.P. Red wine is a tragic temptation in this collaboration by Ana Tijoux, a French-Chilean singer (and rapper, but not on this song) and the Mexican-American singer Lila Downs. With orchestral strings behind the strum, stomp and clap of a ...
Ana Tijoux Redfines Herself With Latin Folk Music
  –  February 9, 2018
It features a collaboration with Mexican vocalist Lila Downs, who seems to be granting Tijoux her blessings as one of the foremost practitioners of classic and historic Latin folk music. Ana Tijoux has more than made her mark in the music she grew up with.
Ana Tijoux and Lila Downs’ First Collab Is “Tinta Roja,” a Roaring Ballad
  –  February 9, 2018
How much vocal power can a single song pack in? A lot, “Tinta Roja” shows us. The baroque ballad is a haunting collaboration between the brassy French-Chilean rapper and singer Ana Tijoux and Mexican-American powerhouse Lila Downs — two proud ...
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 2018/19 Season
  –  February 7, 2018
Lila Downs, Mirga Grazinyt?-Tyla, Hélène Grimaud, Marc-André Hamelin, LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, Lang Lang, La Santa Cecilia, Audra McDonald, Moby, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Murray Perahia, Bernadette Peters, Itzhak Perlman, Cécile ...

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