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Thursday June 01, 2017

From Southern California Public Radio

Lila Downs adds a political touch to the traditional bolero
By: Betto Acros

Mexican-American singer Lila Downs became well-known after she appeared in Julie Taymor’s “Frida” in 2002, and her performance of a song from that film on the Academy Awards.

Over the course of her career, she has always engaged in political issues. Last September, during the U.S. presidential campaign, Downs wrote a song called “The Demagogue.” It was her critique of then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. After the song was released as a single and “nothing came of it,” Downs says she was both depressed and angry:

“Sometimes being explicit isn’t very useful. That’s what I felt when we wrote “The Demagogue.’”

Downs then wrote a song called “Envidia” — “Envy,” which she performs with Argentine rocker Andrés Calamaro on her new album, “Salón Lágrimas y Deseo (Salón, Tears and Desire”).

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