Black Magic Spells

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Downs is reclaiming North America, just as she has reclaimed "Black Magic Woman" on her current tour, which brings her to the Fillmore on Saturday, April 4. 9 p.m., $30; www.livenation.com.
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Santana's "Black Magic Woman" long ago became a classic-rock radio staple easily taken for granted. But in the hands of Mexican-American singer Lila Downs, the song's bruja mystique is restored through her bilingual lyrics and inspired, jazzy arrangements. The song is a centerpiece of her latest album, Shake Away. Her Spanish-language version of Lucinda Williams' "I Envy the Wind" ("Yo Envidio el Vento") is another eye-opener. Other tracks reference the rich cultural heritage of Central America, from the brassy banda of "Skeleton" to the Veracruzan flavor of "Los Pollos."

 
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