Lhasa: Border-Crossing Musician Dies

Musician Lhasa de Sela has died. The 37-year-old singer and songwriter died New Year's Day after a 21-month struggle with breast cancer.

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Lhasa de Sela lived a life that criss-crossed borders and influences, just as her music did. Her father was Mexican, her mother was American, and the family traveled often between the two countries in a converted school bus.

That nomadic, bicultural lifestyle influenced her first album, 1998's La Llorona, performed entirely in Spanish.

She used her first name only and toured Europe and North America for several years before taking time off to perform as part of a circus with three of her sisters in France. She returned to music in 2003 with The Living Road, which was sung in English, Spanish and French.

Lhasa released her final album, Lhasa, early last year.

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