Ana Tijoux; All Natural, Inc.; Olmeca; Phillip Morris | Martyrs’ | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Ana Tijoux; All Natural, Inc.; Olmeca; Phillip Morris Member Picks Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., March 27, 9 p.m. 2010

Rapper Ana Tijoux is a multinational child, born in Lille, France, in 1977 to a French mother and a Chilean exile father. After the Pinochet regime unraveled and Chile transitioned back to democracy in the late 80s, her family moved to Santiago, where she embraced hip-hop—already a musical lingua franca for much of the world. By the late 90s her trio Makiza had become stars by adapting the aesthetic of New York's Native Tongues crew—not just the sound but the "conscious" lyrical style—for South America, rapping in Spanish and tackling subjects relevant to Chileans, not just copying the postures of stateside hip-hop. In 2006 Tijoux got a jolt of crossover exposure when she rhymed on "Eres Para Mi," a huge international hit by Mexican singer Julieta Venegas. She released her first solo album the next year, and her second, 1977, came out last fall (Nacional will release it in the U.S. next month). On the new record, where she raps in both Spanish and French, she reminds me a little of Bahamadia: her nimble delivery and barrages of consonants give her voice a percussive bounce that complements the beats, and she sticks to a narrow range of pitches, creating a cool sort of tension. The backing tracks collide live instruments and samples of instruments (vibes, flute, bass, guitar, strings) with turntable scratching and hard-funk grooves for an old-school feel that's alternately plush and harrowing. All Natural, Inc.; Olmeca; and Phillip Morris open. —Peter Margasak

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