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Wednesday April 19, 2017

From Los Angeles Times

Lila Downs and Monsieur Periné bring their Latin-influenced sounds to Segerstrom Center for the Arts
By: Kathleen Luppi

Mexican-American singer Lila Downs will return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts on April 23 with leading Colombian music group Monsieur Periné. The double concert will feature global music and Latin-influenced sounds.

A Grammy and four-time Latin Grammy winner, Downs said she reflects the cultures of Oaxaca, Mexico, and the U.S., in which she grew up. She sings in Spanish and English, sometimes incorporating indigenous Mixtec, Zapotec and Maya.

Backed by her band, La Misteriosa, Downs will spotlight favorites and new songs from her forthcoming album, which she said is centered on women. “It’s about our human condition of needing and wanting it all, war, peace and sexuality,” Downs said by phone, noting that her songs comment on social and political conditions, love and life. “It’s rediscovering myself as a woman during a time with everything happening in politics, and it’s a reaction to that. It’s angry feminism coming out; it’s about confrontation.”

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