On Sunday, U.S. audiences became a little more familiar with Natalia Lafourcade, when she performed “Remember Me” with R&B singer Miguel at the Oscars.

But in Mexico, Lafourcade has been something of an icon for a while now. Her latest album, Musas Vol. 2, is a continuation to last year’s Latin Grammy Award winner Musas and a tribute to Latin American folklore.

The first single is “Danza de Gardenias,” a song Lafourcade wrote to celebrate the rebirth after the end of a chapter in life.

“To me it’s very pretty, because it’s such a melancholic song, but at the same time you feel like dancing,” Lafourcade said. “And that’s the way we live, that’s the way we cry for love and that’s the way we express our feelings.”

Musas Vol. 2 includes original music as well as covers of classic songs by Chavela Vargas and Margarita Lecuona.

The album’s featured collaborators are acoustic guitar masters Los Macorinos, who frequently played for Chavela Vargas.

In this installment of our “How I Made It” segment, Natalia Lafourcade talks about “Danza de Gardenias.”

Featured image courtesy of Sony Music

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