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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.

Photo of Lila Downs
Lila Downs

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 Kahlo.

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 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 •
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California State University, Sacramento • Public Affairs
6000 J Street • Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 • (916) 278-6156 •