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Lila Downs

Lila Downs

Lila Downs is one of the most influential artists in Latin America. She has one of the world’s most singular voices, and is known for her charismatic performances. Her own compositions often combine genres and rhythms as diverse as Mexican rancheras and corridos, boleros, jazz standards, hip-hop, cumbia, and North American folk music. Her music often focuses on social justice, immigration, and women’s issues.

She grew up in both Minnesota and Oaxaca Mexico, her mother is from the Mixtec indigenous group, and her father was Scottish-American. Lila sings in Spanish, English, and varios Native American languages as Zapotec, Mixtec, Nahuatl, Maya, and Purepecha.

She has recorded duets with artists as diverse as Mercedes Sosa, Caetano Veloso, Juanes, Nora Jones, Juan Gabriel, Santana, The Chieftains, Diego La Cigala, Celso Piña and Toto La Momposina. Chavela Vargas “named” Lila her “sucessor”.

Lila has graced the stages of many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Hollywood Bowl. She was invited by Barack Obama to sing at the White House, and has performed at the Oscars for her participation in the film Frida.

Lila has recorded 14 studio albums and 2 lives. She has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and has won six.

The Mexican American singer has a stunning voice, a confident multicultural vision grounded in her Mixtec Indian roots. Los Angeles Times

Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto. New York Times

Few alternative artists have the dynamic power and range of this bilingual warrior-woman, who has recorded nine albums, earning a Grammy and four Latin Grammys along the way. NPR

ËDA

Ëda

From the heart of the Colombian jungle to the roofs of Paris.

ËDA – Eléonore Diaz Arbelaez is a singer and a doublebass player. Through her different musical experiences -from psychedelic rock to salsa- and thanks to her cultural heritage, she has developed a strong taste for fusion. French and Colombian, she sings in Spanish, the language of the poets who inspire her.

In 2015, she met Anthony Winzenrieth, musician and director in the pop-jazz music world. He, too, knows about latin music: before becoming part of 3SOMESISTERS, he collaborated with Ricardo Herz (Brazil) and Niuver (Cuba).

Since then, they have been working together with complicity on Eléonore’s texts and compositions, that are inspired by the power of Lhasa de Sela, the dreamlike universe of Björk, as well as the depth of James Blake, or the sweetness of Omara Portuondo. Their own fusion of traditional latin music and contemporary electro-pop is the result of a musical research process that has been enriched along the way, just like a quest for self-discovery.

Julieta Venegas

Her genre, “World Pop Indie”, includes international songs such as Eres para mi, and Limon y Sal featuring the first category (Lenine / Vicentico (Los Fabulos Cadillacs) / La Mala Rodriguez / Celso Piña / Cafe Tacuba / Ana Tijoux / Los Autenticos Decadentes…) which made this Mexican singer known for her atypical, polished styled voice throughout the continent of Latin American.

During her career Julieta Venegas took away one “Grammy Award” and 7 “Latin Grammy Awards”.

– “Nuestro Rock” Prize for “Best Record Discovery” 1997

– MTV Award «Best Feminine Interpreter» 1998

– Original soundtrack «Amores Perros» from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu

– 2 Latin Grammy Awards in 2001 for «Best Rock Album» with Bueninvento and «Best Rock Song» with Hoy no Quiero.

– Latin Grammy Award in 2004 (Best Rock Voice, album Si)

Her first album, Aqui (1997) allowed her to play internationaly where she then began to tour and perform at big festivals (USA / South America / Europe).

In 1998, she made the cover of Time Magazine.

On her second album, “Bueninvento”, which was released in 2000, Julieta Venegas collaborated with Joe Gore, guitar (Tom Waits, PJ Harvey and Lisa Germano) Joey Waronke, drums (Beck, R.E.M, Smashing Pumkins) and Fernando Saunders, bass (Lou Reed).

Being socially engaged in women’s rights she was nominated in September 2009 as an ambassador for UNICEF in Mexico.

In addition to this she was invited to play at the “Prize Nobel” ceremony in Oslo (Norway) in August 2008.

Prince, among other fans, came many times to see her concerts. Brazilian artist, Marisa Monte has recorded with Julieta Venegas various duos.

In November, 2012, her album, Bueninvento (2000) was nominated third in Britain’s Rolling Stone magazine for “Top 10 Latin Rock Albums in History” coming in before Clandestino by Manu Chao and Abraxas by Carlos Santana.