Montreal-based singer songwriter Lhasa de Sela died New Year’s Day after a 21-month battle with breast cancer.
The talented artist – performing under the name Lhasa – straddled pop and world music, incorporating elements of both eastern European Gypsy music and Mexican influences. She won a Juno Award in 1998, when she was a NOW cover subject, and her disc Lhasa made the 2009 Polaris Prize long list.
A successful songwriter, she collaborated with Patrick Watson, Tindersticks and numerous French artists over the years. When not working on music, she toured France with her sisters as part of a circus.
The world has lost a very creative artist.