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Lhasa de Sela

Lhasa de Sela

1972 - 2010

Origin: United States / Mexico

Main instrument: Vocal

Genre: World

As a child, Lhasa floated between Mexico and the U.S., feeding her imagination with road trip visions from a nomadic existence. In 1997, the singer-songwriter released the runaway hit, La Llorona, which incorporated everything from ranchera music to Eastern European gypsy influences. The non-commercial album managed to sell more than half a million copies and went on to win a Juno for Best Global Artist in 1998. Five years later, The Living Road paved Lhasa's career path in gold. In 2009, she released her most intimate album to date; a self-titled collection of all-English songs that shimmer with her luminous voice. The same year, the artist was a guest star at the special outdoor concert given by Patrick Watson for the Festival's 30th edition. She passed away at her Montréal home on January 1, 2010, after a battle with breast cancer.



  • Patrick Watson (2009) - Médiathèque Jazz
  • Leonard Cohen, Hommage à (2008) - Médiathèque Jazz

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