Ana Tijoux Pulls In the ‘Most Dangerous People’ in Brooklyn

Ana Tijoux performs at the Apple Store Soho on July 6, 2010 in New York City. Photo: Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage

I’ve described before what happens to me when I go to real Brooklyn (i.e. anywhere not accessibly via the L train). I get lost, usually. And/or I end up in a very expensive cab ride home. So when I decided on a recent Friday night to go by myself out to Prospect Park to see the astonishing Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux perform as part of the Latin American Music Conference, I packed like a teenager running away from home: multiple books and magazines, iPod, candy. I didn’t get lost this time but I’m glad I had all my most crucial belongings because it did feel like an exotic foreign country out there.

My interest in contemporary Latin American pop and hip hop started with an ex-boyfriend, but Tijoux was the first of the genre’s artists that I fell in love with all on my own. Born in France to Chilean parents living in exile during Pinochet’s dictatorship, she moved back to Chile as a teenager where she quickly became involved in Santiago’s hip-hop scene. In the late ’90s she became the MC of a respected group, Makiza, but it wasn’t until the 2009 release of her second solo album 1977 that she started gaining attention outside of the Latin American music world. And by that I mean that’s when English speaking music nerds like me started paying attention; Tijoux is still woefully underexposed here. Not that you could tell by the crowd’s reaction at Prospect Park.

Watch the video for “1977” here:

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