- Heritage & Cultural,
- Vocal Music,
Lila Downs - Día De Los Muertos
Honor the traditions of Día de Muertos with LJMS favorite Lila Downs, one of the most influential and representative artists of Mexican music in Latin America. Known for the importance she gives to issues such as social justice within her music, Downs is a singular and powerful voice, both as a singer and an activist, bridging traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from folk and ranchera music from Mexico and South America, to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip hop.
Winner of six Latin GRAMMYs and one GRAMMY, celebrated singer Lila Downs is one of the most powerful and unique voices that exist today. With a symbolic stage presence and emotional storytelling through song, her singing transcends all language barriers.
Born and raised in both Oaxaca and Minnesota, Lila Downs is the daughter of a Mixtec Indigenous woman and Anglo-American father. She has written narratives of Indigenous resistance protecting the original vision of the sacred plants and food of her Oaxacan culture while keeping the traditions of the American continent. A passionate human rights activist, Lila Downs’ lyrics often focus on stories ranging from social injustice to the suppressed Latin American stories of women of indigenous and working-class origins.