Fans react to new music: Lila Downs' "Balas y Chocolate"

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Performer Lila Downs on Her Multicultural Upbringing
Grammy-award winning artist Lila Downs, released her new album, "Balas y Chocolate" March 24th.

It is a slight departure from the Mexican-rooted folk party songs that fans have come to know from her previous eleven albums.

The 46-year-old singer/songwriter says this may be her most personal album yet. She and husband Paul Cohen found inspiration for the album from the Day of the Dead, and their own brush with mortality.

Via Latina

"The Dia de los Muertos is such an important festivity both in Indian life and in Native American life in Mexico and also in Mestizo life. And I thought with what's happening to us here and not only in Mexico, I think Honduras, El Salvador, you see the news about the difficult times that we're going through. And in another sense the music is more personal than it has been in my previous albums, I believe, because I also had a little thing with death. My husband has a very serious disease and the doctor said, "Well, you can start saying goodbye." So that was quite a shock and I think the music is mainly a response to telling myself, "Come on, lets get it together here and be happy and yet look at death in the face." - Lila Downs.


Lila's fans seem to appreciate the sincerity in her music. See their reactions below:

#tucárcel #liladowns #goodnight #sweetdreams 🌌⭐️⭐️⭐️🌝

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Fans react to new music: Lila Downs' "Balas y Chocolate"
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 23: Mexican singer Lila Downs performs as she promotes her new album 'Balas y Chocolate' on March 23, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MARCH 23: Mexican singer Lila Downs performs as she promotes her new album 'Balas y Chocolate' on March 23, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artist Lila Downs attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Lila Downs attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Singer Lila Downs attends Sony Music's Latin Grammy after party at XS The Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for Selig Multimedia / Sony Music Latin)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Recording artists Soledad Pastorutti, Lila Downs, and Nina Pastori speak onstage during the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Singers Lila Downs, Nina Pastori, and Soledad Pastorutti, winners of Best Folk Album, pose in the press room during the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: Recording artist Lila Downs accepts the Best Folk Album award for 'Raiz' onstage during the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards premiere ceremony at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on November 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Singers Nina Pastori, Soledad and Lila Downs arrive to the 2014 Latin Grammy Person Of The Year Tribute on November 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Singers Nina Pastori, Soledad and Lila Downs perform onstage during the 2014 Person of the Year honoring Joan Manuel Serrat at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 19, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for LARAS)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - NOVEMBER 06: Lila Downs attends GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 on November 6, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Lila Downs attends Lunas Del Auditorio Nacional 2014 at Auditorio Nacional on October 29, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 22: Lila Downs performs at The Greek Theatre on August 22, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Lila Downs arrives at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Musician Lila Downs, winner of the Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano) Award for 'Pecados Y Milagros' poses in the press room at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JANUARY 23: Mexican singer Lila Downs attends a press conference at Sony Music on January 23, 2013 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Victor Chavez/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 15: Lila Downs performs onstage at the XIII Annual Latin Grammy Awards held at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Lila Downs (C) and performers at the 13th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 15, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rodrigo Varela/WireImage)
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