Chilean, Ana Tijoux, is a critically acclaimed hip-hop artist whose hit song, “1977” has become a fan-favorite, featured in “Breaking Bad” and EA Sports’ “FIFA” and next week she will be taking part in Red Bull Music Academy Panamérika’s first show of their yearlong concert series highlighting Latin alternative artists taking place at The Echoplex on March 21, along with Subsuelo and Kumbia Queers.
Born in France to Chilean parents during a time of political exile, her family moved to Chile where Tijoux found a home in the emerging hip-hop scene. Her collaboration with Mexican pop rock star Julieta Venegas on the track, “Eres Para Mi”, helped expose Tijoux to a mainstream audience after the song became a television and radio hit across Latin America and the United States.
Ana Tijoux’s highly anticipated third album, Vengo, debuted #1 on the iTunes Latino Alternativo charts with her track “Antipatriarca”.
Vengo is the follow-up to Ana Tijoux’s Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated sophomore album La Bala, which was widely celebrated by critics as one of the best albums of the year.
To learn more about Ana’s new album and her music, we spoke to Ana via telephone to Austin, TX, where Ana is set to perform at the SXSW festival.
How do you feel about playing SXSW again and also coming back to perform in California?
I am very happy because the first time I came to the U.S. was at SXSW, so it’s kind of like revisiting my first visit and I really enjoy playing in the U.S. because I always find so many great people from all over and it makes it more exciting for me as a performer.
Tell us about your new album, Vengo?
We recorded the album in Chile; it took us about 5 months of intense work of writing, recording and mixing. If I had to describe the album, I would say that it is a very colorful record, it is very simple and acid at the same time.
Being a woman, how do you feel about the way hip-hop has traditionally treated women in their lyrics?
Although there are other women rappers now, it has to change on a bigger scale; there is language, especially in the American hip-hop that I don’t like at all, and unfortunately it transcends borders and it is also used in Latin America and all those derogatory terms like “bitch” and “whore”, it seems they’ve forgotten that they have a mother or sisters, or daughters. Unfortunately, this language has become part of the matrix of the business and it sells.
What can the music fans expect from your show next week at The Echoplex?
First of all, we have our full band, so there will be a lot more energy and we will be playing part of our new record, but we will also play some of our most recognized material from the previous albums.
Ana Tijoux with her full band and Subsuelo and Kumbia Queers will be playing the Echoplex on the first show of the year for Red Bull Music Academy Panamérika’s yearlong concert series. Tickets can be purchased at the Echoplex website by following this link.
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