C IS FOR CHILE and F IS FOR FRANCE
I have a soft spot for French Chileans: one of my favorite professors in undergrad was of this particular descent, and she taught me a lot about left thought and resistance. Ana Tijoux is another fantastic woman whose parents escaped the reign of Pinochet. She blends alternative hip hop with traditional guitar, and her texts, both in Spanish and French, are odes to dissent, empowerment and rage. She is best known for her first solo album, 1977—even Thom Yorke once recommended it to his fans—but this one is the freshest thing, since right now Tijoux is supposedly working on a new one. I can’t wait!