Lila Downs

Songs for the Road No. 19: A Soundtrack for a San Francisco Dia de los Muertos

California

Day of the Dead has come and yet again I’m wishing I could experience it in Mexico. But as always, I’m also looking forward to the festivities here in San Francisco. In a city that loves to party publicly from May to October, Day of the Dead always seems to signal a transition into a […]

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Songs for the Road No. 13: Enchanted Oaxaca

Mexico

Today was a day of everyday markets. Today was a day of sipping Oaxaca hot chocolate and dipping airy sweet bread in it. Today was a day of city squares where people gather as if it were an extension of their living room. Today was a day of sitting on a crowded bench at a […]

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Songs for the Road No. 4: Lila Downs’ Rendition of “Paloma Negra”

Mexico

When a friend suggested that I check out the music of Lila Downs, at first, her name made me assume she was an R&B singer. I later learned that she is actually a Mexican-American singer with a Mixtec mother and a Scottish-American father and she grew up in both Mexico and the United States. When […]

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