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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
October 8, 2003
Campus presents world-music
superstar Lila Downs
World music diva
Lila Downs is set to perform a soulful mix of melodies drawn from indigenous
Mexico at California State University, Sacramento at 7:30 p.m., Monday Oct.
20, in the University Union Ballroom.
From her first
CD, 1997’s “La Sandunga,” Downs has captured the many voices
of Mexico, captivating audiences with songs in her native Spanish as well as
the Mesoamerican languages of Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya and Nahuatl. The Mexican-American
superstar now has three CDs to her credit and an international following. Downs
has also crossed media boundaries, performing on the Oscar-winning soundtrack
for the film Frida about Mexican-American surrealist painter Frida
Downs, the child of a Scottish-American father and a Mixtec Indian mother, studied
music and voice in both the U.S. and Mexico – from Los Angeles to Oaxaca
to Minnesota. She aspired to be an opera singer while at the University of Minnesota
but left the school to, among other things, follow the Grateful Dead and explore
her roots in the mountains of Oaxaca. Downs’ singing talent couldn’t
be suppressed and she made her way to the club circuit, performing in Mexico
and the U.S. Her voice, described by the Los Angeles Times as sounding
like Edith Piaf singing in Spanish, soon brought her to the attention of record
producers and world-music radio.
General admission tickets are $12 and available through the CSUS Ticket Office
at (916) 278-4323 or Tickets.com at (916) 766-2277. For media assistance, contact
public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156