Birth Place: Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca
Genres: Latin, Pop, World
Lila Downs (born 1968 in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca) is a Mexican/U.S. American singer. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into native Mesoamerican music of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl cultures. Downs is the daughter of Mixtec cabaret singer Anita Sánchez and Allen Downs, a Scottish/English-American professor of art and cinematographer from Minnesota. She grew up partly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, partly in the U.S. state of California as a teen, and Minnesota as an adult where she graduated from the University of Minnesota in voice and anthropology. She later returned to Mexico where she learned to weave. Later, she began singing in the club scenes of Oaxaca and Phil...
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