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Monday April 10, 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.

Catalina Garcia, lead singer of the Bogota-based Monsieur Periné, said the band connects 1930s Paris with modern-day Colombia by mixing traditional South American instruments and genres like samba, bolero and tango with jazz. The ensemble won the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2015 and earned a Grammy nomination for its most recent album, “Caja de Musica.” Garcia said the concert celebrates cultures and iconic Latin American women artists like Carmen Miranda and Celia Cruz.

“Women in Latina American art and culture had a really important role — not as the women today who appear in the industry who are seen as a body and nothing else,” Garcia said by phone from Colombia. “We had these amazing women who built a way to think and express as a Latin woman. You can be feminine, beautiful, expressive and also seductive. You don’t have to be a slave — you are empowered to build a language. These women are great examples of that.”

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