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Thursday October 13, 2016

LILA DOWNS TO PREMIERE NEW SONGTHE DEMAGOGUETOMORROW AT UNIVISION’S “RISE UP AS ONECONCERT

Lila’s New Single “The Demagogue” (Sony Music) Is A Bilingual Protest Song Which Recalls The 1960s Folk Spirit Of Artists Like Bob Dylan And Joan Baez

The Song Will Be Performed For The First Time Tomorrow Evening As Part Of The “Rise Up As One” Concert And Broadcast Live On Univision/Fusion From The U.S./Mexico Border

“Rise Up As One” Is A Free Outdoor Concert Billed As A “Celebration Of Music And Unity” Featuring Fellow Stars Juanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Andra Day, Jorge Drexler, Carlos Vives, Natalia Lafourcade And More

“The Demagogue” Will Be Released At All Digital Music Services Next Friday, October 21

Mexican American artist Lila Downs will premiere a new bilingual protest song titled “The Demogogue” tomorrow at the “Rise Up As One” concert. The free outdoor event billed as a “celebration of music and unity” will be broadcast live on Univision/Fusion from the U.S./Mexico border in Tijuana/San Diego.

“I am very concerned that over 40 % of U.S. voters are actually supporting this man. How did this happen?” Lila says.

Lila recently expressed her concerns on such programs as BBC’s “Newsnight” and “Al Punto” with Jorge Ramos. The new song for tomorrow’s Univision/Fusion “Rise Up As One” concert is the next step on that path.

Lila’s new song “The Demagogue” recalls the 1960s folk spirit of artists like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez while expressing her concern with the current U.S. elections and the escalation of rhetoric by one specific candidate for the Presidency. The song is at the same time her call to action – a rally for her vast audience to express themselves by voting on November 8. The single will be released at all digital music services next Friday, October 21.

It has been several busy weeks for Lila Downs. Tonight, Lila’s tribute to Linda Ronstadt will air on PBS as part of the “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” concert taped at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Last week, Lila performed on Telemundo’s “Latin American Music Awards” in a grand finale tribute to Juan Gabriel with Shaila Durcal and Aida Cuervos.

Lila’s most recent Latin GRAMMY winning album is the 2015 release, ‘Balas y Chocolate,’ inspired by both the Day of the Dead offering/celebration and her personal dance with her partner’s possible death. While the lively sound of the album centers around danceable fusions of mostly cumbias, klezmer-like norteña, hip hop, and pop, the lyrical content spotlights her concerns over the erosion of civil rights and justice, in Mexico, escalating threats to the country’s journalists, the excess in modern life, and lost love.

Lila Downs has one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music. Born in the state of Oaxaca, Lila grew up in both Minnesota and Mexico, constantly moving between the two cultures. Throughout her storied career, she has performed in such esteemed stages as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, the White House and the Academy Awards.

Watch the full concert here (Lila performs at 2:04:00 and 3:04:20)