Lhasa de Sela makes music that mixes the melodies and languages from her life--English, Spanish and French. The Mexican-American singer/songwriter grew up in Mexico and the US, lived in Montreal and has now adopted France as a second home. Her first album, La Llorona mixed Spanish melodies with a klezmer-sounding clarinet, and everything in between. It went platinum in Canada and had similar success in France. The songs on her latest album, The Living Road are in the three languages.
In this piece, Lhasa talks in her own words about the influence of languages and her life on her music.
This piece is available from the Public Radio Exchange
This piece was produced for The World
and was originally aired on May 16, 2005. It also aired April 25, 2006, on Ireland's RTE Radio 1's Round Midnight
Producer: Sarah Elzas
Recorded in Paris, France
Photo: Cover of La Llorona