Mexican-American and Grammy-award winner Lila Downs is no ordinary singer-songwriter. The daughter of an indigenous Oaxacan mother and a white father from Minnesota, Downs plays in the duality of being mixed with her music. Some of her recordings are delivered not only in Spanish but also in Mixtec and Zapotec. Her voice is unmistakable, delivering powerful performances with her expressive contralto voice. Downs has been busy, not only prepping to go on tour to celebrate the release of her album, Salon Lágrimas y Deseo (Tears and Desire), but also raising funds for those affected by the earthquake that devastated the Mexican state of Oaxaca on Sept. 7. (The singer-songwriter hosted a nationally televised benefit show for her beloved town.) Downs is embarking on an extensive tour that will bring her to Berkeley on Saturday, Sept. 30. The new album, which is dedicated to strong women, draws inspiration from genres such as blues, cumbia, danzón, banda and Cuban son. It includes collaborations with Latinx artists such as Mon Laferte, Carla Morrison, and Andrés Calamaro. Don’t miss your chance to witness her spectacular voice live.
Saturday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., $16-$66, Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley campus, CalPerformances.org