Chilean Musician Ana Tijoux on Politics, Feminism, Motherhood & Hip-Hop as 'a Land for the Landless'
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Chilean hip-hop artist and musician Ana Tijoux joins us in studio to perform some of her songs and talk about the political themes behind them. Tijoux was born in France in 1977 to parents who were jailed and later fled Chile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. “Hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land,” she says.
Tijoux returned to Chile in 1993 and in the late 1990s became known as part of the hip-hop group Makiza. As a solo artist, she has collaborated with musician Julieta Venegas on the hit song “Eres Para Mi,” had her song “1977” featured on the TV series “Breaking Bad,” and won multiple nominations for both the Grammys and Latin Grammys. Her work explores topics frequently heard on Democracy Now!, from the words of Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano to the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
In this interview, Tijoux performs a musical set, including “Antipatriarca,” off her latest album, “Vengo,” and “Shock,” a song inspired by Naomi Klein’s book, “The Shock Doctrine.” She talks about motherhood, feminism and her collaboration with Palestinian hip-hop artist Shadia Mansour on the song “Somos Sur,” or “We Are the South.”
While here in New York City, Ana Tijoux performed Wednesday, July 9 at Central Park SummerStage.