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Lila Downs

Ana Lila Downs Sánchez, best known as Lila Downs (born September 9, 1968), is an American–Mexican singer-songwriter and actress. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl and Purépecha. Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attended University of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City.

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Sep 9, 1968 In Oaxaca, Mexico
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Oscars 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie Xico's Journey 2020-11-12
Known For
Poster of Xico's Journey
Poster of La Mezcladora
Poster of NPR Tiny Desk Concerts
Poster of The Oscars
Movie Xico's Journey Nana Petra (voice) 2020-11-12
Movie El Grito: Lila Downs en el Teatro Macedonio Alcalá, con la Orquesta de Alejandro Díaz y la Compañía de Danza Costumbrista Herself 2020-09-15
Movie Canto a La Memoria Lila Downs 2020-11-01
Movie Así sembramos nuestra agua Narrador 2019-04-11
Movie The Song of Fried Chile Lila Downs 2019-10-24
Series La Hora Musa Lila Downs 2018-10-02
Movie La Sonora Santanera - La Fiesta Continúa Lila Downs 2017-11-03
Movie Lila Downs - Balas y Chocolate Lila Downs 2015-10-20
Movie River of Fundament Priest / REN Manager 2014-02-12
Movie Santana: Corazón Live from Mexico (Live It To Believe It) Herself 2014-09-09
Movie La UNAM por México: 85 Años de Autonomía Universitaria Herself 2014-09-20
Movie Matria Herself 2014-11-02
Series La Mezcladora Unknown 2013-10-04
Movie Natalia Lafourcade - Mujer Divina (Homenaje A Agustín Lara) Lila Downs 2012-08-18
Movie Lila Downs - Pecados y Milagros Lila Downs 2012-06-17
Movie Deseo Lila Downs 2012-11-23
Movie Mariachi Gringo Sophia 2012-10-03
Movie Lila Downs y La Misteriosa en París - Live à FIP Lila Downs 2010-04-13
Movie The Very Best Of/El Alma de Lila Downs Lila Downs 2009-06-30
Series NPR Tiny Desk Concerts Self - Vocals, Jarana 2008-04-22
Movie De Cómo Los Niños Pueden Volar Mamá 2008-08-19
Movie Fados Lila Downs 2007-12-31
Movie Lila Downs - Lotería Cantada Lila Downs 2007-11-30
Movie Hasta El Último Trago... Corazón Lila Downs 2005-03-13
Movie The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo Frida Kahlo (voice) 2005-03-22
Movie En mi país Lila Downs 2004-12-05
Movie Fuego Woman 2003-01-01
Movie Frida Tango Singer 2002-08-29
Series Las Lunas del Auditorio Self 2002-09-04
Movie Corazón Oaxaqueño Lila Downs 2000-01-01
Series Latin Grammy Awards Herself 2000-09-13
Series Conversando con Cristina Pacheco Lila Downs 1997-09-26
Series The Oscars Herself 1953-03-18