This was a tough interview! We were totally starstruck in the presence of the gran diva de la música mexicoamericana, the awesome Lila Downs. Downs’ music and persona were some of the first to blend indigenous Mexicanidad and North American pop/rock in ways that were supremely cool, both visually and sonically, and it was great to hear how she brought all her worlds and cultures to her music.

Published by Catalina Maria Johnson

I love to write and radio about music! The one-hour radio program I host and produce, Beat Latino,  airs Sundays at 11am on vocalo.org , Saturdays in Berlin and is archived weekly. Beat Latino specials are also licensed in 20+ states throughout the U.S.A. through the Public Radio Exchange. I contribute regularly to NPR's Alt.Latino, World Cafe , and Global Notes on WBEZ, NPR Music, Gozamos, Revista Contratiempo.