Singer/songwriter Lila Downs uses the traditions and iconography of Mexico to create musical landscapes depicting the great diversity of her homeland.
She weaves native music of Mexico with modern day styles including rock, blues, mariachi and cumbia.
Throughout her career Downs has received several awards, including a Grammy, a number of Latin Grammys. She has developed a global audience of dedicated listeners who are as drawn to her for her unique music as for her activism on social issues – calling for humanitarian responses
Downs is performing Friday night in San Antonio at the Lila Cockrell theater. She spoke with Yvette Benavides from her home in Oaxaca Mexico.