Rapper Ana Tijoux is currently touring California in support of her new album, “Vengo,” (rough translation: “I’m coming”). Here are five cool facts I learned about the Chilean artist during a Q&A with NPR’s Alt.Latino radio show last week at SXSW:
1- Contrary to her previous work (this is her 4th solo album) “Vengo” has no samples, it’s all original compositions heavily influenced by Latin American folk.
2- Tijoux recorded the album shortly after giving birth to her second child, with little sleep and lots of diaper changing. She is touring now with baby in tow, and loving every minute of it.
3- She is fluent in English but chooses to rap in Spanish. For her, it’s a political act of decolonization — if Americans don’t understand Spanish, they should learn it.
4- She humbly admits that after years of dismissing feminism, she finally sat down to read some authors and her inner feminist was awakened.
5- Musical heroes: Buika, Los Cojolites, J Dilla.