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  • Grammy Winner Downs Brings Music New and Old to the Granada Wednesday, September 20, 2017 by CHARLES DONELAN In its own sultry, melancholy way, the official music video for Lila Downs’s song “Urge” may be the most subversive thing on YouTube at the moment. Dressed in a ragged, asymmetrical denim skirt and stilettos, with a giant white lily nearly as big as her head tucked behind her left ear, the singer strides purposefully into a dark salon full of silent women who regard her with inscrutable e...

  • By Falling James Lila Downs is a bewitching Oaxacan chanteuse who has the uncanny ability to draw out the essence of traditional Mexican music and infuse it with jolts of modern flavor. Her latest album, Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo, might seem like an escapist collection of lush balladry and dreamy boleros, but Downs connects even in her most romantic passages to the struggles of people trying to fit in on both sides of the border. Even as she defiantly declares her Latina identity despite being hem...

  • Mexican-American singer, actress and activist Lila Downs has just released her latest record Salon, Lágrimas y Deseo. Podcast Downs brings a multilingual flair to her music, singing in English, Spanish, as well as including the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec and Maya cultures. It’s a deeply feminist record that continues the Grammy-winning singer’s long career of music with a splash of activism to incite political and social change. Downs has spent her life trying to break down the...

  • 7/6/2017 by Jessie Katz   Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Lila Downs joined Soul Sisters to tell us why she felt compelled to make her new album, Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo, as a response to the election of Donald Trump. “After the elections I was disheartened and I really had a hard time getting back up again,” the Mexican-American singer explains, adding that this was the first time she had ever voted in the U.S. “I had a good drink with mescal in Oaxaca and after that I r...

  • The Mexican-American singer marries vintage sounds to a modern, feminist sensibility by AMANDA MARCOTTE   This “Salon Talks” video was produced by Kevin Carlin Mexican-American singer Lila Downs marries many vintage sounds of Mexican culture to a modern, feminist sensibility. On her latest album, “Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo” (meaning a “Dance Hall, Tears and Desire”), the Grammy Award winnershowcases her luxurious voice with lyrics celebrating women’s power, infused with a romantic...

  • It is way past time to give up the idea that “Mexican music” means mariachi, but three great albums released last month give a glimpse at the diversity and inventiveness of Mexican music and the “alt Latino” scene. Singer Natalia Lafourcade followed up her popular last album with an unexpected turn to the past; the idiosyncratic Café Tabuca, who have become godfathers of the scene, released their first studio album in five years; and the Mexican-American singer Lila Downs released another collec...

  • In this episode of the U-LAB Podcast, the Mexican-American artist walks us through her new album, the sensual ‘Salón, lágrimas y deseo.’ In Lila Downs’ gorgeous, vintage-feel album Salón, lágrimas y deseo, she passionately sings traditional boleros, danzonetes and even banda music but with contemporary messages and feminist fervor. It’s nothing new for the artist, whose career spanning 20 years has been known by her socially-conscious ideals on and off stage, her defense of indigineous cultures,...

  • Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo is in many ways an extension of Balas y Chocolate, though its emphasis is different. Here Downs employs classic and original songs to deliver a feminist manifesto with forms ranging from cumbia to danzon, rancheras to blues, son to banda and conjunto. Read the article here....

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