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October 28, 2021

Musician Lhasa dies of cancer

Montreal-based Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela died at the age of 37 in her Montreal home following a 21-month struggle with breast cancer. Her health issues became widely known last fall when Lhasa was forced to cancel a lengthy international tour on the heels of the US release of her self-titled third album, which was recorded during her struggle with cancer.

Lhasa de Sela, known as simply Lhasa, was born in Big Indian, New York, of a Mexican father and an American mother. She started singing in a Greek cafe in San Francisco when she was thirteen. Her first album, “La Llorona”, was released in 1997. Her unique voice and stage presence, which earned her iconic status in many countries throughout the world, made journalists describe it as “passionate, sensual, untameable, tender, profound, troubling, enchanting, hypnotic, hushed, powerful, intense.” Lhasa had a unique way of communicating with her public. She dared to open her heart on stage, allowing her audience to experience an intimate connection and communion with her. She profoundly affected and inspired many people throughout the countries she visited.

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