Lila Downs has been a Social Activist throughout her entire career because she works to maintain her cultural identity . For example, she sings with passion, and admiration for her home in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her music draws out many socially significant issues, such as the mistreatment and misunderstanding of indigenous peoples of Oaxaca, by celebrating their Mixtec heritage through song. Her albums are socially significant, especially her album, One Blood, or Una Sangre, which includes songs such as La Digificada, which is a song about Dina Ochoa’s assassination. She was a social activist, and Lila featured her story on her album One Blood. When asked if she is a politician, Lila expresses that she does not want to be a politician because she is not interested in power, instead she wants to support and change society through music.
Here is a wonderful video of one of her songs, “El Palomo del Comalito” from her new album “Pecados y Milagros”.
Lila Downs will be performing at the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University on March 11. Tickets on sale at Esperanza Center 210 228 0201.