Border (La Linea)

Border (La Linea)

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by Lila Downs
     
 

Lila Downs' second release for Narada World reflects her continuing fascination with Mexican-American border culture. Considering her own mixed heritage (she is the child of a Mixtec Indian and an American), Downs has a special interest here, and it shows in the emotional, directed singing of Border (La Linea). On the first few tracks, Downs' thick, throatySee more details below

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Lila Downs' second release for Narada World reflects her continuing fascination with Mexican-American border culture. Considering her own mixed heritage (she is the child of a Mixtec Indian and an American), Downs has a special interest here, and it shows in the emotional, directed singing of Border (La Linea). On the first few tracks, Downs' thick, throaty voice is on a par with the Latina pioneers Lola Beltran or Toña La Negra, but she also displays an enviable range, switching over to thewail of a Mexican countrywoman on "Sale Sobrando" and "Cumbia Maya," then to the pure, heartfelt sound of American country for the moving "Pastures of Plenty/This Land Is Your Land." Though non-Spanish speaking listeners may not understand the themes Lila Downs deals with, the plangent tones of her voice are reason enough to enjoy Border (La Linea).

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
A mezzo-soprano with a three-octave range, a hungry mind and an arresting stage presence...Her songs seem driven by a struggle to break down borders, to create a place in the world that feels like home. And she is singing them in a country where the border is a very big place - where hope springs eternal and is eternally dashed.
Billboard
…one of the most spellbinding voices to grace the world music scene.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2001
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724381026526
catalogNumber:
10265

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lila Downs   Primary Artist,Vocals,Voices,Spoons,Guiro
Gabriel Hernandez   Piano
Aneiro Taño   fender rhodes
Alfredo Pino   Trumpet
Rodrigo Duarte   Cello
Agustin Bernal   Acoustic Bass
Paul Cohen   Clarinet,Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Trevor Sadler   Mastering
Tom Legoff   Cover Photo
Aneiro Taño   Arranger,Producer
Tony Taño   Arranger
Jaime Sabines   Poetry
Jean B. Smit   Engineer
Lila Downs   Arranger,Producer,translation,English Translations
Paul Cohen   Arranger,Producer

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