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Singer Lila Downs to return to Colorado

Six-time Latin Grammy winner and human rights activist Lila Downs will return to the Newman Center at the University of Denver.
Credit: AP
Mexican singer-songwriter Lila Downs speaks during a press conference to promote the release of her new album, "Balas y chocolate," Spanish for "Bullets and Chocolate," in Mexico City, Monday, March 23, 2015. Downs says the violence in Mexico inspired her to talk about death in her most recent album, including references to the 43 missing teachers college students who have become a focal point for anger over Mexico's violence. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

DENVER — Six-time Latin Grammy winner Lila Downs will be in Denver this week. 

After a long 20-year absence from DU's Newman Center, Downs' performance this week will be one of eight US performances on his Volver tour.

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Downs' music encompasses influences from Mexican folk and ranchera music to music from the southern United States, crossing barriers and generating sounds ranging from Folk to Jazz, Folkloric Blues, Indígena, ranchera and Hip Hop.

A passionate human rights activist, Downs's lyrics often focus on stories ranging from social injustice to the suppressed Latin American stories of women of indigenous and working-class origins, the release says.  

Born and raised in Oaxaca and Minnesota, Downs is the daughter of an indigenous Mixtec woman and an Anglo-American father. She has written narratives of Indigenous resistance protecting the original vision of the sacred plants and food of her Oaxacan culture while keeping the traditions of the American continent, a release says. 

Her appearance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2344 East Iliff Avenue, at the University of Denver on Friday, Oct 28.

Tickets start at $34 and can be purchased at newmancenterpresents.com or by phone at 303.871.7720. 

Editor's note: The story originally said that Downs hadn't been back to Colorado in 20 years, but the singer performed in Boulder in 2018. She hadn't performed at the Newman Center in 20 years. 

Credit: Vince Bucci/Invision/AP
Shaila Durcal, from left, Aida Cuevas and Lila Downs perform a tribute to Juan Gabriel at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP)

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