Ana Lila Downs Sￃﾡnchez, best known asￂﾠLila Downsￂﾠ(born September 9, 1968) is an American￢ﾀﾓMexican singer-songwriter and actress. She performs her own compositions as well as tapping intoￂﾠMexican traditional and popular music. She also incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and has recorded songs in manyￂﾠindigenous languagesￂﾠsuch asￂﾠMixtec,ￂﾠZapotec,ￂﾠMayan,ￂﾠNahuatlￂﾠandￂﾠPurￃﾩpecha. Born and raised in Oaxaca, she primarily studied at theￂﾠInstitute of Arts by Oaxacaￂﾠand briefly attendedￂﾠUniversity of Minnesota, before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the traditional music scene ofￂﾠOaxaca City.