Ana Tijoux, Alla, Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta, DJ Sound Culture | Thalia Hall | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Ana Tijoux, Alla, Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta, DJ Sound Culture 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., April 19, 7:30 p.m. 2015

Despite her growing mainstream success the Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux didn’t tone down the rhetoric on her latest album, Vengo (Nacional). On “Somos Sure” she excoriates colonial powers for running roughshod and spits in Spanish, “Neither Africa nor Latin America is for auction.” Her flow drips over hard, stuttering beats and rhythms that connect the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. As its title makes plain, “Antipatriarca” is a would-be feminist anthem, a gripping manifesto that manages to eschew stereotypes while espousing strength: “I can be head of the household, worker, or intellectual / I can be the protagonist of our story and she who incites / The people, the community, she who wakes up the neighborhood.” Many of the tracks draw upon the aforementioned musical traditions, but thanks to the production of the album, tough break beats never play second fiddle. Tijoux flips effortlessly between a fierce, consonant rap delivery and lovely, soulful singing—she’s enough of a force that I can forgive some of the album’s mushy, unified-spirit vibe. —Peter Margasak

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