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Friday April 14, 2017

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

Lila Downs traces her musical diversity and social activism to her days as a Deadhead
By: George Varga

Different worlds converge, rather than collide, in the improbably varied life and music of Lila Downs. Like the Grateful Dead, the fabled San Francisco band she used to follow from city to city and concert to concert, she embraces the earthy, the cosmic and much in between.

Downs, a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and a devoted social activist, was born in Oaxaca. Her Mexican mother was a Mixtec cabaret singer. Her American father was an art professor. She grew up in Mexico, Minnesota and Southern California, and her colorful stage attire salutes the indigenous Indian tribes of Mexico.

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