Night owl chat – Lila Downs

From Wikipedia:

Ana Lila Downs Sánchez, best known as Lila Downs (born September 9, 1968) is a MexicanAmerican singersongwriter andactress. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping into Mexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in many indigenous languages such as Mixtec, Zapotec, Mayan, Nahuatl andP’urhepecha (Tarascan). Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at the Institute of Arts by Oaxaca and briefly attendedUniversity of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene of Oaxaca City.

Influenced by Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa, Lucha Villa, and Amparo Ochoa, Lila Downs is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through her traditional and authentic fashion, the majority of which are based around Mexico’s indigenous peoples’ styles, cultures and heritages, which show through her performances and music videos. Her achievements include one Grammy Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards.

Besides her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and political activism, especially dealing with issues of Latin America’s indigenous.

She’s beautiful, she’s talented, and she rocks. For your end-of-weekend festivities, a bit of Señora Downs.


Zapata se queda




Paloma negra


Cielo rojo


Black Magic Woman


La cama de piedra


La llorona


EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are wont to wonder why I don’t capitalize every letter of individual words in titles in non-English languages, it’s because that’s an English convention. In most languages, only the first word is capitalized.

Rage on, night owls!

86 Responses to “Night owl chat – Lila Downs”

  1. August 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Someone knew to me. Always willing to listen. Music has no barriers.

  2. 8 hopefruit2
    August 24, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    The media can now heave a massive sigh of relief. Our president is safely home in DC. They can carry on with their stalking him and reporting on silliness all week.

  3. August 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Congrats Vetivera!

    Count me in!!!

  4. 11 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I’m really enjoying Lila Downs. Thank you for introducing her, LL. This is the good stuff! “Grown folks music” con jalepenos. Love it!

  5. 12 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Alma-bee! Were you waiting by the door? Good for you!

  6. August 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    GN TOD:

    “For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson,” said Common, taking the stage at Sunday night’s MTV VMAs and broaching the topic of the civil unrest in Missouri for the first time that evening…..

    …In fact, it’s traditionally draw attention to those realities. The protesters in Missouri as well as people across the country, said Common, “have used their voices to call for justice and change, to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matter.” And from its very inception, hip-hop has done the same: “Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar,” Common reminded us. “Hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution.”

  7. August 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  8. 17 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  9. August 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm

  10. 19 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Oh, this is rich.

  11. 27 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Been trying to find the diamonds among the duds at the VMA. [Sigh!] Tough task.
    They could just let Sam sing for the rest of the night.

  12. August 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    To help the community recover

    ….McCaskill and Blunt wrote to Nixon (letter available online HERE), raising the possibility of low-interest disaster loans available through the federal agency. Those resources would only become available if the agency issues an Economic Injury Declaration, or a Physical Injury Declaration, both of which must be requested by the Governor….

  13. 29 criquet
    August 24, 2014 at 10:46 pm


  14. 30 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Okay, I’m done. Can’t take anymore. I tried. [click]

  15. 31 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    This is pretty darn cool.

  16. August 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    This is a really good article. Talks about the 1st dept he worked for, 3 yrs ago, about his life, and illuminates the problems of mistrust they create, the corruption and lack of connection the police have with their communities. Lays it on the line about Ferguson PD and how they have handled this. This is not going away. It’s like an abscess has been opened and all the sickness is exposed. Huge, huge opportunities to heal structures and policies, relationships between police and community.

    …The structure of policing in these small St. Louis communities, as in many places in the United States, is innately combustible.

    Officers rarely stay in the same police force for a long time, much less for an entire career. This means police and residents are typically strangers to one another — and not simply from different social, ethnic or racial backgrounds.

    Ferguson is an example of a police department staffed predominantly with white officers, many of whom live far away from, and often fail to establish trust with, the predominantly black communities they serve. Policing can become a tense, racially charged, fearful and potentially violent series of interactions. Distrust becomes institutionalized, as much a part of the local infrastructure as the sewers and power lines….

    • 34 anniebella
      August 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      These are the kind of people who would support James Earl Ray, the guy who bomb the black church with the four little black girls in the church, the white folks who murder Emmitt Till. As long as it’s a white cop killing a black person they are just fine. But let some black cops kill afew white teenagers, then we will see just how much they are pro police.

  17. 37 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 10:59 pm


  18. 38 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    • 39 anniebella
      August 24, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      In a way I am happy the Obamas are home, in a way I wish they had another week of vacation. As hard as this President work he only gets two weeks. But John Boehner and that do nothing House gets five weeks. Anyone want to bet that Boehner have been playing golf during his vacation and all the crisis going on.

      • 40 vcprezofan2
        August 24, 2014 at 11:26 pm

        I’m happy they are home too, Annieb, and like you I wish they could manage to get two solid uninterrupted weeks of vacation.

        August 25, 2014 at 9:52 am


  19. August 24, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been doing top notch investigative journalism and reporting. They are asking the right questions and looking for answers and solutions.

    …No known agency tracks the racial makeup of police departments, so the Post-Dispatch contacted 36 St. Louis County police departments in cities where at least 10 percent of the population is African-American. In 30 of the 31 communities that responded, the percentage of black residents is higher than the proportion of black officers….

    ….Police chiefs cite various reasons for their departments not keeping up with this change, including a lack of minority applicants and black officers frequently leaving for jobs at bigger, better-paying departments.

    Last week, Ferguson’s elected officials said they are looking at ways for the community to feel “more connected” to city leaders, including police. They include developing programs to attract more African-American police applicants; expanding and enhancing the school resources officer program; and creating incentives for police officers to live in the city…..

  20. 43 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    A string of tweets I just saw (no doubt among friends) went from calling the people of Gaza “virtual prisoners in world’s largest concentration camp,” to saying a “Jersey tomato” sandwich with Hellman’s Mayo is unforgettable, in six easy steps.

    Life is so surreal, isn’t it? Can’t say I haven’t been guilty of all that, too. This is what happens when we play out all of our thoughts in public via social media. Someday, archaeologists are gonna have a field day!

    And, for the record, Mr. Archaeologist, there is NO tomato like a Jersey tomato.

  21. August 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Oh god, this donald person is annoying the piss out of me.

  22. August 24, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    I couldn’t say enough good things about the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. There are so many articles there asking the tough questions, getting facts and looking for answers. Tishaura O. Jones is treasurer of the city of St. Louis.

    ….This is why I joined the Young Citizens Council of St. Louis. This is a group of area leaders committed to making sure these conversations take place. We are engaging the St. Louis community with a safe and relevant platform to voice their thoughts and ideas so those thoughts and ideas can be turned into constructive actions…..

  23. 48 Dudette
    August 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm

  24. 49 Nerdy Wonka
    August 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    She came. She saw. She owned. She conquered.

  25. 51 amk for obama
    August 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Proof of life. from L to R. runt and the biggest bro.

    Middle one has been taken in by our vet y’day. He already has 6 dogs. Greedy pig.

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

  26. August 24, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    This is from a few days ago. I didn’t realize the extent of POTUS’ outreach.

    • August 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      And that’s what happens when I get too tired. The civil rights, black leaders were called by AG Holder and admin. Pres Obama did talk to Gov. Nixon and the senators. I need sleep! Night all.

    • 62 99ts
      August 25, 2014 at 1:35 am

      And still they say he doesn’t do enough – I give up with the US pundits. Much as I will be devastated when 2017 comes by – I do hope I live to see how the next President will in NO WAY work nor achieve like this one. PBO is THE man of the 21st century as Nelson Mandela took the 20th. Very interesting as to what these two amazing men have in common.

  27. 63 vcprezofan2
    August 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    As part of a legitimate news broadcast, CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported from the street on which Darren Wilson lives. “Darren Wilson lives on this street lives here on this street in another St. Louis suburb,” Lavandera said as footage of Wilson’s home rolled. He did not provide Wilson’s address or even the name of the town in which he lives–but that was enough to enrage right-wingers.

    This prompted Pat Dollard, who recently suggested that “It’s time to start slaughtering Muslims in the street,” to claim that “CNN’s Hispanic Ed Lavandera” attempted to “murder white Ferguson police officer” Darren Wilson. Jim Hoft, the conservative blogger who manufactured the much-repeated lie that Wilson suffered an orbital blowout fracture, claimed that the media is trying to get Darren Wilson “lynched.”


  28. 64 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm

  29. 66 Jeff
    August 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Is it true that Hilary wont talk about Ferguson? Not to say I’m surprised, maybe she’s wary of politicizing it or she just doesn’t care as some have alleged.

    • 67 Sandy1110
      August 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      She wasn’t afraid to diss her boss’ foreign policy.

      She doesn’t want to upset her racist PUMA base. My guess.

      • 68 Jeff
        August 24, 2014 at 11:57 pm

        I was thinking along the same lines… Didn’t want to ruffle any pro-Hillary feathers because they can be vicious at times.

        • 69 jacquelineoboomer
          August 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

          Hell hath no fury like Obama supporters “put in their place” by PUMAs. We took on those nutjobs a few years ago, and they’re all back with more wrinkles now.

  30. 70 amk for obama
    August 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm

  31. 71 jacquelineoboomer
    August 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I’m done with this guy.

  32. 76 vcprezofan2
    August 25, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Ta-ta, till we meet again!

  33. 77 vcprezofan2
    August 25, 2014 at 12:13 am

    You raise me up – sung by a 6yr old

  34. 78 Jeff
    August 25, 2014 at 12:14 am

  35. August 25, 2014 at 12:23 am

    All right good people, time to wind down. See everyone tomorrow.

  36. 80 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2014 at 12:32 am

    I adore Nina Turner and I’m praying she wins.

  37. 81 vcprezofan2
    August 25, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Good Night/Morning TOD! I’m gone again! 😀

  38. 82 jacquelineoboomer
    August 25, 2014 at 1:17 am

    Here’s the website for the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, where Michael Brown’s funeral service will be conducted on Monday morning:


  39. August 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

    A belated thank yooooou LL!! Been out partying with Danny, and he met his girlfriend Holly, so he’s a happy baby 🙂

  40. August 30, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Nice picture of the Obamas returning home!
    Love the music LL..

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