Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Lila Downs - Mole Ole'

This post allows me to focus on a few of my favorite things. Cumbia, the music of Mexican-American Diva Lila Downs and authentic Mexican food. I've posted about the infectious rhythms of Cumbia before. And my late father-in-law's recipe for the world's greatest salsa is here.

Lila Downs is one-of-a-kind (website). Her sultry, low-register voice is unique and her background is even more unusual. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, where her American father is a faculty member, she is somehow quintessentially Mexican. You'll remember her voice from Frida, the movie. The Alt Mexican sub-genre of the whole Alt Latin scene is very exciting right now. Downs, with her stage presence, looks and voice is quite the Oaxacan Diva. Just check her out singing the praises of Mexico's national dish, Mole, in the video below. Follow this link for the history of Mole and a variety of regional recipes. Yea, that's what I'm talking about. Tasty tunes and yummy food. What's not to love?


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