Lila Downs has one of the world's most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, she is the daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman, Anastasia Sánchez, and a University of Minnesota professor Allen Downs.
Lila studied classical voice and cultural anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Her music has many influences from the ancient cultures that serve as her inspiration, singing in Spanish, English, Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl. Lila's compositions are often striking commentaries on social conditions, reflecting migration and the search for roots as a core human need.
For two decades, Lila Downs has reinterpreted the roots of music, such as blues, jazz, soul, cumbia, rock, even rap and klezmer music. Her music is an exciting fusion of international sounds and musical genres. Lila has also recorded 9 studio albums, garnering a Grammy and three Latin Grammys.