EXCLUSIVE: Lila Downs: "It Wasn't in My Path to Be a Biological Mother"

Known for an artistic soul that flows with the natural rhythms of tradition and nature, Lila Downs is constantly re-mastering the essence of folkloric style music. The 43-year-old, who was born in Mexico and raised in the States, has always drawn on her personal journey for inspiration.

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She received worldwide success with her album "Border," which deals with the controversial topic of immigration. Her latest creative fuel for her album "Pecados y Milagros" was her son, Benito Dxuladi. She and partner jazz pianist, Paul Cohen, adopted the baby boy in 2010.

We recently spoke to the proud mami about how motherhood inspired her new album, the taboo of adoption, and more:

What was your source of inspiration for the new album "Pecados y Milagros"?

My son was my inspiration. Motherhood is an extraordinary life - one of which I learn from everyday. This experience has renewed me as a woman. It took a lot of devotion to get to where we are now because it wasn't in my path to be a biological mother, but naturally I tried to find a solution.

How do you think adoptive parents are viewed in Latino culture?

I think that in some cases there is a taboo that exists towards adoption. I don’t think that should stop anyone from making that decision. It has created such an unexpected joy in my life. He is a miracle.

Are there any specific tracks dedicated to him?

Yes, there is one track that celebrates his name. [Benito Dxuladi] signifies tender corn. Corn is a staple in farming and nature so the song also pays a tribute to the farmwomen who pick corn everyday in the fields. It’s a celebration of the natural processes of life.

"Pecados y Milagros" is out now.