I just heard today that Llasa de Sela died on New Year's Day of breast cancer, and the news has made me profoundly sad.
I first heard this amazing woman sing when she released her debut album, La Llorona in 1997. Although she made Montreal her home she was actually born in the U.S. She was well-known in certain circles, but her music is worthy of a much wider audience. Hopefully more people will discover her incredible talent, now unfortunately lost to us.
Too many wonderful people have been cut off too soon by cancer, not just incredible musicians like Llasa and Eva Cassidy.
One of my favourites, el Desierto: http://www.trilulilu.ro/JuliaAgripina/7ca416d4bb2fcb