Ana Lila Downs Sánchez, best known as Lila Downs (born September 9, 1968) is a Mexican American singersongwriter. 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 indigenous languages such as MixtecZapotecMayanNahuatl and P’urhépecha.

Her debut album, La Sandunga, was released in 1999. She achieved international success in 2001 with the album Border which emerged in the music scene of Mexico and Latin America in the early 2000s (decade). Downs began performing in school, demonstrating her vocal ability with traditional musicLatin and American influences, and with her own original twist on dancing. Downs is a native Spanish speaker, and also speaks fluent English and Mixtec.


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