Cantina

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Cantina

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Exploring and expressing Mexico's rich culture has been a lifelong passion for Lila Downs. On La Cantina 'Entre Copa y Copa...', Lila Downs focuses intently on the rich and familiar repertoire of Mexico's beloved cancion ranchera tradition. The cancion ranchera is typically a ballad about heartache, solitude, love and longing - a song such as one would typically hear in a local cantina. It is a musical tradition quite akin to Portugal's Fado, or to the Delta blues - deeply soulful, often lamenting, always emotionally vivid. Narada. 2006.

As a follow-up to her 2005 Latin Grammy win, Mexican-American diva Lila Downs has chosen to release a loving tribute to canciones rancheras, the heartfelt ballads ubiquitous in cantinas throughout Mexico. With their merry accordion riffs and perky snare-led rhythms, the tunes can be reminiscent of Cajun music or Colombian cumbias, but even the cheeriest numbers harbor fate-haunted undertones. The singer’s darkly sweet, resonant voice interprets each the fifteen tracks to a fare-thee-well. Her fiery South-of-the-border exhibitionism and touches of dry humor are mirrored by assorted comedic whiz-bang sounds that surface amid the mostly acoustic mix. Third generation accordionist Flaco Jimenez, the doyen of Tex-Mex conjunto (a working class style descended from an older but still extant groove known as norteño,) weaves in and out among bass, harps, mariachi-like fiddles and assorted guitars. Peppered with antique-sounding bytes, dramatic spoken poems and even an in-your-face rap (during "Tu Recuerdo Y Yo", track four), the album plays like a slightly surreal movie that is no less affecting for being nearly untranslatable. --Christina Roden

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  • Artist: Lila Downs

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