#FridayFive: Lila Downs
#FridayFive: Lila Downs

Mexican-American artist Lila Downs returns to Vancouver’s Chan Centre with her unique melding of musical styles in a program that will feature songs from her latest album, Balas Y Chocolate (Bullets and Chocolate). Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. Downs promises a vibrant and theatrical performance with her unique fusion of Mexican folk music with rock, R&B, blues and jazz.

2. Vancouver audiences will be some of the first to hear her play live from her brand new album Balas Y Chocolate (Bullets and Chocolate), which sees its worldwide digital release on March 24.

3. It is a unique opportunity to see both a Grammy and Latin Grammy winner in Vancouver.

4. Her new album is inspired by the Day of the Dead, the Mexican national holiday meant to honour the memory of loved ones and usher their spirits into the afterlife.

5. Fiercely political, Downs continues to condemn the violence and corruption that is currently engulfing Mexico. In addition, the title track is dedicated to migrant children, whose cause she has long advocated for in her music, alongside indigenous rights.

Lila Downs performs at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia on April 26. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.