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Lhasa

Maybe it was Lhasa's unconventional upbringing that has given her such a unique vision, or maybe it was always within her. Whatever the reason, she stands as one of the most idiosyncratic Mexican-American performers, fully aware of the tradition, but putting her own spin on it. Lhasa's mother, Alexandra Karam, was an actress and photographer, her father, Alejandro Sela, a Mexican professor teaching in upstate New York -- Lhasa de Sela was born in the tiny village of Big Indian. The big family (Lhasa has three sisters, three half-sisters, and three half-brothers) was fairly nomadic and their travels took them between the U.S. and Mexico, traveling and living in a converted school bus. It was an arty life of music, books, and letters, but without the insidious influence of television, banned by her parents. Instead, the family was cast on its own resources for entertainment and that included nightly singing, where Lhasa developed her voice.

The family spent a total of eight years south of the border, where Lhasa grew into the local culture, before finally settling (outside the U.S. again) in Montreal, Canada, in 1992, at the age of 20. She'd visited the place the previous year and met Yves Desrosiers, a young musician with whom her initial work had proved so fruitful that they decided to collaborate on a full-time basis. The pair played locally, adding bassist Mario Légaré, and then toured nationally, garnering rave reviews from coast to coast, before beginning work on Lhasa's debut, La Llorana. A foray to the U.S. in 1997 to travel and perform with Lilith Fair won a number of fans, who were surprised by the strange, richly sensual music and Lhasa's smoky jazz phrasing. The venture was repeated in 1998 to coincide with the American release of her album, which had already been available for a year in Canada.

After touring behind the album, Lhasa moved to France, to work with her sisters, who perform with circuses there. ~ Chris Nickson, Rovi
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Beautiful !!!
I think it's hard?
mrschaffins
just found her.... now she is gone
Oh my gosh. I've been a Lhasa fan for over a decade now, I cannot believe she did this song in English. I finally get to know WHAT her beautiful voice is singing!! YES!! LOVE YOU LHASA!!! And, I had NO IDEA she had passed. My heart hurts hearing this from comments... I'll go research what happened.. not sure I want to know... Man, why??
RIP angel
She blew my socks off! RIP Girlfriend!
There is a lot more history to her and at least one more album. It is truly sad that she is gone.
bfotsch456
Wow!
man. did tom waits produce this? sounds like it. awesome stuff, sucks she is gone!
mwright2006
I'm still mourning the fact that this woman will never again make new music! I had been thinking recently how I was wanting new music from her and then only found out a month ago that she had passed a whole year ago! SUCH a loss...
siouxsie.q
Really weird to see may she rest in peace after reading her bio and thinking she was great. Almost a year ago, crazy! =(
relax, close your eyes and let the music move you. getting lost in her music, yea that's easy.
swhitaker41
A true talent. May she rest in peace
Love her! Rest in peace Lhasa♥
Never heard her before. Her voice is mesmerizing, love it!
beautiful voice; soft, raspy and sultry!! did not know, and heartfelt lovly lady!!!! you will be missed :)
She died of Breast Cancer on 1/1/10.
gwleon6
Could croon...too bad. How'd she die?
gwleon6
Wow! This chiquita can croon!
danzigblues6 6
MISS YOU, MY LOVE. BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIFTS.
evanames555
She has long been a favorite of my wife and I.
chorbap2
What a voice!!!!
WOW!, WHAT A SAME TO LOSE A VOICE LIKE THAT. I'M SURE SHE IS SINGING WITH THE ANGELS.
yes, she did pass away. an angel has left the world of the living.
She passed away??
stellarviole t
a bit of a stilted biography, specifically , neglecting to mention her recent death... we shall never hear her like again.
tears of joy streaming down my cheeks.... so beautiful your voice... We miss you Lhasa
nidia.g
Sensual, poetic and moving are only a few words to describe how this artist stirs my emotions.

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