lila downs - la sandunga

.:: Lila Downs was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, and grew up there and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began singing "ranchera" music at an early age, and later sang at the "fiestas" of the towns in her mountain region, la Mixteca. She sang with the band "Los Cadetes de Yodoyuxi" and later with "La Trova Serrana", a group of folk musicians from the Zapotec town of Guelatao, Oaxaca. At that time she met her musical collaborator Paul Cohen and began to create her own musical compositions.

She also studied the career of social anthropology and voice at the University of Minnesota and at the school of fine arts (Bellas Artes) in Oaxaca.

World musician Lila Downs experienced a career renaissance thanks to her contributions to the 2002 Frida movie and soundtrack . After two well-received solo albums, the Narada label has reissued Downs' dramatic debut album, La Sandunga. The singer released the album independently in 1997, and it still sparkles with the immediacy and passion of a woman completely connected to and excited by her craft.

Every song on La Sandunga, including the album's three bonus tracks, flows effortlessly into the next. It's as if the album was recorded without pause during one very creative recording session. Downs' Mixtec-Indian and American background is an obvious influence on her work. The album is peppered with lush strings and blaring horns. It's all anchored by Downs' wildly diverse vocal stylings, which even manage to spice up the oft-recorded album closer, "Besame Mucho." --Joey Guerra

.:: Lila Downs nació en Tlaxiaco Oaxaca. Creció en Tlaxiaco y en Minneapolis, Minnesota. Empezó cantando desde niña canciones rancheras, en su pueblo natal. Cantaba en las fiestas patronales con diversos grupos de la Mixteca; entre ellos, "Los Cadetes de Yodoyuxi". Cantando en "La Trova Serrana" como corista, conoció a Paul Cohen, y comenzaron a componer música juntos.

Lila Downs estudio la carrera de canto y Antropologia social en Bellas Artes y en la Universidad de Minnesota.

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