Posts tagged "Lila Downs"

¡Que viva Lila Downs!

¡Que viva Lila Downs!
Lila Downs delivered a performance de coraz‪ó‬n, or from the heart, Saturday night at the Congress Theater in Chicago. Downs is on tour with her new album Pecados y Milagros or Sins and Miracles. A standout song from the album is “Pecadora.”  The song has notes of ska, klezmer and rap with lyrics in Spanish.... Read more »

12 things to watch in 2012

12 things to watch in 2012
2012 The Year Ahead 1. The Latino voter – How will Latino voters influence the 2012 presidential election? Latinos are key voters in many states. Obama got 67 percent of the Latino vote in 2008 but those numbers could slip as many Latinos are upset over his immigration policies that have resulted in more than... Read more »

Happy Valentine's Day - My Top 10 Latino love songs

Happy Valentine's Day - My Top 10 Latino love songs
It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m not the type who likes to give or receive sappy cards or candy. Plus flowers make me sneeze. So I’m offering to my friends and loved ones a gift of music. Here are my top 10 Latino music love songs in English or Spanish. Some songs are about losing love,... Read more »
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Lila Downs and Buika pay homage to Chavela Vargas

Lila Downs I first saw Lila Downs perform almost 15 years ago at a party in Mexico City. She performed jazz standards at the house of the American ambassador. Over the years, I’ve seen her perform at least a dozen times in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Chicago. Her best performance I’ve ever seen was Friday... Read more »

Arizona esta loco. Expect major immigration protest in Chicago on May Day.

Have they gone completely loco in Arizona? Activists gathered for Monday night vigil outside immigration detention center in Broadview. The Arizona Department of Education is going after teachers who speak with a heavy accent, according to a story by Miriam Jordan in The Wall Street Journal. And lawmakers also passed a bill targeting ethnic studies... Read more »

Happy San Patricios Day!

Did you know there’s an obscure bit of history that links the Irish with the Mexicans? It’s the story of the San Patricios, also known as the St. Patrick’s Battalion, Irish immigrants who defected the U.S. Army and fought on the side of the Mexicans during the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. They were... Read more »
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Mercedes Sosa gone but not forgotten

Mercedes Sosa, Latin America’s greatest folk singer, died Sunday. In Chicago, her memory will be celebrated this Thursday night with an homage starting after 8 p.m. at El Ñandu restaurant, 2731 W. Fullerton Ave.   Sosa’s influence on the music world was great and her last CD “Cantora” was recently released in the United States.... Read more »