WOMEX always starts off with a gala evening event in which the host country presents a sampling of its musical culture. This year the program was produced by the virtuoso bagpiper Budinho.
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Lila Downs was born with one foot in each of three cultures. Her father was from Minnesota while her mother was Mexican, and Downs was brought up in both countries.
Latinos are loyal to their artists. We buy their albums, follow them on tour and are rooting for them from the time they started out with poetic tunes...
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