Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011 Encore! Host Josephine Johnson speaks with Lila Downs, World Music Recording Artist

Join host Josephine Johnson Monday, July 11th for a conversation with  international jazz and Mexican folk music artist, Lila Downs.  This is a rebroadcast from August of 2010.

Lila Downs began her career in the early 1990s as a Latin jazz singer but became increasingly interested in her mother’s native Mexican, Oaxacan folk music. After meeting American pianist and saxophonist Paul Cohen, Downs and Cohen began collaborating to arrange her original compositions. With one ear in Mexico and the other in America, Lila Downs’ music reflects the influence of both cultures incorporating elements of American rock as well as rhythmic and melodic aspects of traditional indigenous Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan and Nahuatl music.

Downs and her band tour widely in Mexico, South America, the US and Europe. She’s also heard in a number of soundtracks including the film Frida, in which a duet, Burn it Blue, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.   She continues with innovative collaborations and most recently worked with La Mari (singer) from Chambao (band) and Enrique Bunbury from Heroes del Silencio.  Downs also appears  on the Chieftains’ 2010 release  San Patricio.

On Friday, August 13th, Lila Downs will be performing at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles with Carlos Santana, Pete Escovedo & Zach de la Rocha in celebration of  Delores Huerta’s 80th birthday.

Tune in to Through the Eyes of Women, 1:30 pm Monday, August 9 to hear a conversation with Lila Downs on KHSU 90.5.

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