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Beginning with her studio debut in 1994, singer/songwriter/actress Lila Downs has all but reinvented Mexican folk music, putting her own unique stamp on its deep and varied traditions. With an underlying commitment to humanitarian causes and political activism, each Lila Downs tour continues to spread her message of social justice and the power of one's roots.
Lila Down's background
The daughter of a Mexican mother and an American father, Ana Lila Sanchez Downs spent her childhood in both Oaxaca and Minnesota. She later lived in Los Angeles after her parents separated. Experiencing something of a personal crisis, she dropped out of school and turned her back on her Mexican roots. Downs would resume her education several years afterward at the University of Minnesota, where her father was a professor, eventually earning a degree in cultural anthropology and classical voice. She went on to attend the Institute of Science and Arts of Oaxaca.
After reconnecting with her Mexican heritage, Downs moved to her mother's village in Oaxaca and began writing music. She met her future husband, jazz pianist Paul Cohen, and together they created her first album, 1994's Ofrenda. The album Azulao: En Vivo con Lila Downs (1996) would be her first live session.
In 1999, Downs signed with Narada Productions and released her third album, the one to launch her fame: La Sandunga. She has released numerous albums since, such as Tree of Life/Yutu Tata, Border/La Linea, Pecados y Milagros and Balas y Chocolate.
Lila Down's biggest hits
"La Sandunga" and "La Llorona" brought Downs success, but her most famous song is undoubtedly 2006's "La Cumbia del Mole." Other fan favorites include "Tengo Miedo de Quererte," "Ojo de Culebra," "Black Magic Woman," "Silent Thunder," "La Patria Madrina" and "Balas y Chocolate."
Lila Down's career milestones
Downs has earned numerous Latin Grammy and Grammy awards over the course of her music career. Her 2004 album One Blood/Una Sangre earned a Latin Grammy for Best Album of World Music. Downs also received a Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album and a Grammy in the Mexican Regional Category for her 2011 release Pecados y Milagros. The album also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart, with over 290,000 copies sold worldwide. She earned a Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album for 2014's Raiz, a collaborative album, and she received the Latin Grammy for Best Folk Album for 2015's Balas y Chocolate.
As an actress, she has appeared in several films, including Frida, Mariachi Gringo and Fados. Downs sang "Burn It Blue" on the soundtrack for Frida; the song would later be nominated for Best Original Song at the 2003 Academy Awards.
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