Mexican Singer Lila Downs receives important recognition in Canada

By Andrea Hablutzel Pelayo

Spreading her country’s culture at the Montreal International Jazz Festival

During the 37 edition of the prestigious International Jazz Festival in Montreal, the Mexican singer from Oaxaca, Lila Downs, successfully performed in front of nearly three thousand people with her characteristic style which is a fusion of Mexican music con world music sound, and received an award for it.

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This festival’s main genre is jazz but having around three thousand artists, there are other genres for every taste, like swing, blues, funk, reggae, gospel, and rock, among others. From June 29th to July 9 a total of 175 concerts in closed spaces will be presented as well as 600 outdoors in the beautiful Canadian city of Montreal.

The singer Lila Downs was given the Antonio Carlos Jobim award on the Metropolis stage, one of the most emblematic entertainment centers in the city, for her contribution to the world music genre. She received this award in honor of her hometown, Oaxaca, and addressed the difficult situation it’s going through right now.

“She is a great disseminator of her country’s culture, Mexico; through her music and song lyrics, she is a true cultural expression of her country”, assures Saulnier, Vice-President of Programming and Production of the festival.

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With songs like “Mezcalito”, “La Iguana”, “Sandunga” and “Balas y Chocolate” as well as covers from artists like Agustin Lara and Jose Alfredo Jimenez, she got people dancing and singing along with her at the international festival, taking a little bit of Mexico to Canada.

She is the first Mexican artist being awarded at this festival, joining artists to the level of Ibrahim Ferrer, Angelique Kidjo, Paco de Lucia and Richard Bona, among other talented international artists.

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