Lila Downs
1968
Mexico
Solo Artist
Lila Downs was born in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, and grew up there and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began singing "ranchera" music at an early age, and later sang at the "fiestas" of the towns in her mountain region, la Mixteca. She sang with the band "Los Cadetes de Yodoyuxi" and later with "La Trova Serrana", a group of folk musicians from the Zapotec town of Guelatao, Oaxaca. At that time she met her musical collaborator Paul Cohen and began to create her own musical compositions.

She also studied the career of social anthropology and voice at the University of Minnesota and at the school of fine arts (Bellas Artes) in Oaxaca.
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