Shake Away/Ojo de Culebraby Lila Downs
Exploring and expressing Mexico's rich culture has been a lifelong passion for vocalist Lila Downs. With a voice that is varied in color and range, Lila cuts a striking figure live as well - she embodies the spirit of her music with an emotion-drenched physicality. Lila's profile was raised significantly with her stunning performance in the hit film Frida, starring Salma Hayek in the title role. Lila also performed the Oscar-nominated song from the film at the Academy Awards ceremony, becoming the first Latina to perform at the telecast. Her new album Shake Away evokes her home country's rich folk-music legacy while pulsing with modern arrangements.
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- Manhattan Records
Performance CreditsLila Downs Primary Artist
Brian Lynch Trumpet,Alto Horn
Clark Gayton Trombone,Tuba
Raul Midón Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Gilberto Gutierrez Pandeiro,Quijada
Angel Chacón Acoustic Guitar
Rob Curto Accordion
Samuel Torres Percussion
Anat Cohen Clarinet
Ken Basman Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Booker King Bass
Celso Duarte Guitar,Violin,Harp,Jarana,Vihuela,Charango,Zampona,Kenacho
Juancho Herrera Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Cohen Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Technical CreditsLucinda Williams Composer
Brian Lynch Producer,Horn Arrangements
Paul Buchanan Composer
Dave Darlington Engineer
Carla Leighton Art Direction
Aneiro Taño Producer,Engineer
Lila Downs Arranger,Composer,Producer,translation
Jeff Sciortino Cover Photo
Paul Cohen Arranger,Composer,Producer
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i never heard of Lila, until one day just checking out the cd's at Barnes; i heard a couple of songs and i felt in love with her style and her music! she is great!!
I'm the kind of person that usually hates " international" music, but this I thoroughly enjoyed. Latin rhythms mixed with jazz horns and sexy vocals...I would buy this album just for the gypsy/spanish Ojo de Culebra (track 2) which reminded me of Gogol Bordello and Devotchka. Cool stuff.
I have recently been to her new-CD-splash at the Town Hall in New York City - believe me, all the songs from the album work also fantastically during live performance -especially since they are presented by an exceptional artist with a band, voice, 'magnetisme' and stage presence as only a tiny handful of people have anymore these days. Clearly this album will be a cornerstone in Lila's career - she composed most of the songs together with Paul - this is world music taken to the next level of exilaration and universality, but without losing any of her roots. And thus while the music takes you into the rhytmical and lyrical (Lila IS a poet! - Just listen to the interlude in " Skeleton" ) stratosphere, the words and themes remain as down to earth, relevant and heartfelt as ever: She sings about immgrants in the U.S. at a time when the U.S. Government forces families to split by sending illegal parents home and having the U.S. born sons and daughters remain she sings about faulty politicians who give us only piecemeals of the truth (" Tacos de palabras" ) at a time when the U.S. wages wars or provokes conflicts with other countries under false pretenses, and she sings about her love for change and moving on (" Ojo de culebra" , " Shake away" ) when many people in the U.S. seems stuck with minds in the past. She reiterates important social themes and remains a strong advocate for human rights everywhere, but especially in her native Oaxaca, Mexico. This is an album for the ages, and the culmination of a long and surprisingly uncompromising musical career - bravo Lila -hope you will never get tired, and you will continue to inspire us and make the rest of us want to be better persons ourselves. Though as good as yourself, we can never be! Cheers. Erste Sahne - Fuenf Sterne!!!