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Natalia Lafourcade Encourages Students to Explore Their Own Worlds

14/11/2019

When Natalia Lafourcade was six years old, she suffered a head injury after being kicked by a horse. I couldn't walk for a while, she told a packed house of students at a recent clinic in David Friend Recital Hall. The injury also left her with dyslexia and poor eyesight, which caused her to struggle in school. Lafourcade's mother, a pianist, developed an approach that mixed music and therapy, Lafourcade told the students, in order to help her daughter recover.

Now a successful recording artist, Lafourcade has won 10 Latin Grammys and one Grammy Award, released eight studio albums, and been featured in the Oscar-winning 2017 Pixar film Coco, singing the song Remember Me. In a lively discussion that mixed Spanish and English, she urged students to stay true to their own creative identities.

My journey has been a long process of building and rebuilding myself to find out who I am, she said. We are all different, and we each have a world to explore. She shared her songwriting process, performing several numbers along the way, and added, Everyone has something different and special. It's alright to be different-to be you.

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