Iconic Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning singer Lila Downs is one of the most singular and powerful voices, whose compelling stage presence and poignant storytelling transcend all language barriers.

Raised in Oaxaca and Minnesota, Lila’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues and hip-hop.

As a passionate human rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold.

Dark Eyes, a new song, has a powerful and honest message to support the essential workers that have been risking their lives for others. It is a song that defines courage and humanity above everything, and that seeks for hope in these uncertain times.

The song benefits the Binational Center for the Development of Oaxacan Indigenous Communities (CBDIO), a non-profit organization created by the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB).

Since their foundation, FIOB and CBDIO have made known the presence and existence of indigenous migrant communities, emphasizing the economic, work and cultural contributions indigenous migrants make to this country.

The lyric video that accompanies the song features photographs of essential workers taken by David Bacon, Martin Escamilla and Jennifer Pochat.

To listen to this song, dedicated to the essential workers who have kept us safe, click here.


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