Known for her unique synthesis of Latin American folk, jazz fusion, and South American rhythms, GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winner Lila Downs is an internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter from Oaxaca, Mexico. Downs' full body of work is saturated in a story deep in strength, resistance, and cultural pride. Her latest album, Al Chile, marks her ninth - a collection of cumbia-inspired beats and Mexican percussion, her impressive three-octave vocal range peppering the vibrant, yet nostalgic, tracks. The album is meant to "pay homage to the chile," states Downs. "With a mezcal in hand, we dream of a place with a palm tree where one falls in love and reflects" (The Mercury News). Downs returns to Duke Performances for a lively Cinco de Mayo celebration at the Carolina Theatre of Durham.