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Lila Downs

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La Raíz de Mi Tierra Lila Downs, Niña Pastori, Soledad 04:12
Cariñito Lila Downs 03:39
Fallaste Corazón Lila Downs 04:44
Mezcalito Lila Downs 04:27
Zapata Se Queda (with Celso Piña & Totó la Momposina) Lila Downs 04:24
La Cigarra Natalia Jiménez, Lila Downs 03:52
Cariñito Lila Downs, Panteón Rococó 03:03
La Mentira Lila Downs 04:29
En el último trago Andrés Calamaro, Lila Downs 03:27
Amorcito Corazón Lila Downs 03:22

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Lila Downs is one of the most most influential artists in Latin America. She has one of the world’s most singular voices, and is known for her charismatic performances. Her own compositions often combine genres and rhythms as diverse as Mexican rancheras and corridos, boleros, jazz standards, hip-hop, cumbia, and North American folk music. Her music often focuses on social justice, immigration, and women’s issues. She grew up in both Minnesota and Oaxaca Mexico, her mother is from the Mixtec indigenous group, and her father was Scottish-American. Lila sings in Spanish, English, and varios Native American languages as Zapotec, Mixtec, Nahuatl, Maya, and Purepecha. She has recorded duets with artists as diverse as Mercedes Sosa, Caetano Veloso, Juanes, Nora Jones, Juan Gabriel, Carla Morison, Natalia LaFourcade, Santana, The Chieftains, Nina Pastori, Soledad, Diego La Cigala, Aida Cuevas, Toto La Momposina, and Bunbury. Chavela Vargas “named” Lila her “sucessor”. She has sung with symphonies such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony and the UNAM symphony in Mexico, as well as with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. She has given concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, the Hollywood Bowl, and Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. She was invited by Barack Obama to sing at the White House, and has performed at the Oscars for her participation in the film Frida. Lila has recorded nine studio albums. She has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and has won six.