Singer-songwriter Lila Downs returns with her brand new album Balas y Chocolate.
Downs, known for her progressive ideals and as a voice for the underprivileged and misrepresented, has amassed scores of followers around the world with her powerful lyrics and transcendent messages of love and equality.
Balas y Chocolate is not the exception, as it reflects more clearly what she feels as an artist, and her love for the people. It also shows that she, too, is a human being who suffers and can empathize with the pain of others.
The album has 13 tracks and includes both known material and unedited tracks. It delivers a potent fusion of sounds, as well as an array of compelling and profound lyrics that are also full of love, hope, and a thirst for life.
“Balas y Chocolate,” “La Promesa,” “Mano Negra,” “Cuando me Tocas Tu,” “Dulce Veneno,” and “Viene a la Muerte” are among the songs in Downs’ latest project, which are a clear example of her fierce criticism of the countless tragedies that occur in Mexico, and the disappearances of teenagers and journalists.
Another popular tune included in the new album is Ramon Ayala’s “Las Cosas de Madera” for which Downs made her own arrangement as only she can.
Among other surprises from her new album are duets with Juan Gabriel in “La Farsante” and with Juanes in “La Patria Madrina” – the latter of the two being very controversial, as it calls out corruption and injustices by governments in Latin America, which are keeping the poor submerged in poverty and misery.
It’s also worth noting how truly masterful the album art is. The cover was designed by Mexican artist Humberto Valdez and features themes that revisit Mexican history and folklore.
Downs will be touring the U.S. this year. She is scheduled to perform on September 19th at the Hollywood Pantages Theater in Hollywood, Calif.
Balas y Chocolate is now available. For more information, visit www.liladowns.com.
Balas y Chocolate
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