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Singer Lila Downs grew up with the culture of her father, a professor from the United States, but eventually turned her back on it to explore the tradition of her mother, a Mixteca Indian from Mexico. In doing so, she has created a very individual strain of song that has indigenous Mexican roots and North American sonorities. Her musical vision is anthropological in nature and as varied as the ancient and earthy cultures that continue to nurture and inspire her. Embracing and highlighting indigenous origins, whether in the U.S. or Mexico, has always been an important aspect of her music, as well as the topics of political and social justice, immigration, and transformation, all rooted in the human condition. She strives to make a meaningful connection with her diverse audiences through her music and performances. “I’m so lucky,” remarks Downs. “People who follow our music are from all walks of life, and they want to scratch the surface to know the whys and hows. Every day we get to connect in so many ways.” For over a decade, Lila Downs has traversed the planet, bringing her dramatic and highly unique reinvention of traditional Mexican music and original compositions fused with blues, jazz, soul, African root, and even klezmer music, all supporting her soaring voice. Some would classify Lila as a Mexican artist, but there is no real way to categorize her music except to say that it is a unique and exciting fusion of international sounds. A musical journey with Lila Downs is always a fascinating one, simultaneously edgy and powerful, yet sumptuous and graceful. Here is the video of her latest single “Zapata Se Queda”:
Lila will perform tomorrow with HURAKAN, a Chicago band that creates experimental-ambient music based on traditional rhythmic danzas (ceremonial dances), combining contemporary beats, poetry and songs with reference to ancient Mexican culture, and social consciousness. Incorporating and preserving native musical instruments such as “panhuehuetl” (Mexican drum), “teponaztli” (wood percussion),electronic synthetizers , along with instruments made of natural elements like stones, shells, clay and wooden flutes. As the guys from HURAKAN stated, they will be sharing the stage with Lila Downs on October 12 (observed as Columbus Day in the United States) “celebrating cultural diversity in the day of the race and resistance!”
6134 W. Cermak Cicero, IL 60804
Friday October 12, 2012
Doors at 7PM/ Show at 8PM
Ticket price: $40-$65
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