Una Sangre: One Blood

Una Sangre: One Blood

by Lila Downs

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Overview

Una Sangre: One Blood

The most Mexican thing about Lila Downs isn't her incorporation of Zapotec and other Oaxacan languages and traditions into her music. It's the extremely self-conscious manner is which she fuses traditional native material with rock, jazz, and cabaret stylings. Mexicans obsess like no other nation over their mixed ancestry; it's a recurrent theme in all manner of Mexican art, from Frida Kahlo's paintings to the arch "rock nacional" of Caifanes or Café Tacuba. Only a Mexican would title an album Una Sangre: One Blood. Downs further complicates things by being a half-breed herself, and seems hell-bent on embodying as much of Mexico as she can, whether it's overheated ranchera such as "Cielo Rojo," playful son jarocho like "La Bamba," or reggae-laced alternalatino rock along the lines of "Dignificada," which includes a striking feminist rap. The mix -- native percussion, jazz guitars, electronics -- wouldn't be out of place in some Mexico City coffeehouse. In any environment, Downs's voice would attract attention. A supremely versatile instrument, it's alternately smoky, lush, and piercing. On the title track, for example, she's a jazzy torch singer; on "La Malinche" she adopts the strident attack of a Colombian folk singer. Only her relentlessly arty ornaments undercut her vocal power, as on the conclusion to "Viborita," which indulges the bottom of her range to comical effect. Likewise her psychedelic take on "La Cucaracha." An international band nearly as chimerical backs up Downs's expansive visions, mixing jazz fluidity with roots-music smarts. Special guest Satoshi Takeshi, a master drummer of Colombian rhythm, adds particular weight to Downs's fourth album. Fans of this evocative singer will no doubt thrill to the themes and performances, which, if anything, present Lila Downs at her most accessible yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2004
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724357675727
catalogNumber: 76757

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lila Downs   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Guiro
Marvin Sewell   Bouzouki,Electric Guitar,Resophonic Banjo
Satoshi Takeishi   Kanjira,Cajon,taiko,Udu,Maracones
Ernesto "El Canella" Anaya   Acoustic Guitar,Violin,Vihuela
Guilherme Monteiro   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Yunior Terry Cabera   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Celso Duarte   Violin,Harp,Jarana,Vihuela,Charango
Paul Cohen   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Yunior Terry Cabrera   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Yoyo   Percussion,Drums,Bombo

Technical Credits

Bill Traut   Management
Ernesto "El Canella" Anaya   Arranger
Aneiro Taño   Producer,Audio Production
Tomas Mendez   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lila Downs   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Betto Arcos   Liner Notes
Celso Duarte   Arranger,Composer
Bill Trout   Management
Paul Cohen   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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Una Sangre: One Blood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A mix from traditional mexican songs to jazz. An unusual but perfect combination. Lilia has a piercing sentuality in her voice that gives me chills. Every music lover should have a copy.