Pop Culture: Lia Downs at the Oscars

Lila Downs performs at the Oscars

Singing a duet from Frida, “Burn it Blue” with Brazilian singing superstar Caetano Veloso, Lila Downs stepped onstage in the middle of the song, wearing her signature Mixtec dress, huge earrings and braids, and proceeded to amaze an audience who had probably never heard anything quite as powerful and plaintive as her voice.

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