Singer Lila Downs has a number of reasons to celebrate this year: her new album "Pecados y milagros," which went on sale on Oct. 18, went gold due to excellent sales and on Tuesday she is making her debut at New York's Carnegie Hall.

"It's a surprise that I've had so much success. We can't believe it. It's a victory as folklore musicians. We've always thought that it's up to us to swim against the current. It's thanks to the support of our fans," the 43-year-old performer told Efe.

Born in southern Mexico to an Anglo-American father and a Mixtec Indian mother, Downs fuses indigenous and traditional music with genres such as folk, blues, jazz, hip hop and rock.

Downs will appear at Carnegie Hall, where she will perform numbers from her "Pecados y milagros" as part of the venue's series of concerts on Latino musical icons which will also bring to the stage Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes and flamenco guitarist Paco Peña.

The artist said that her album is "an expression of what is happening to us in Mexico, of feelings."

"It's a difficult time for us and I think for all of Latin America in which we are suffering, partly due to politics, partly due to drug trafficking and life in the U.S.," she said.

Downs' celebration also extends to the personal level with her becoming the mother of 16-month-old Benito Dxuladi, whom she adopted last year and has called "the greatest gift" of her life.