Ana Tijoux Waxes Political With “Vengo”


Ana Tijoux
Vengo

Nacional Records

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Ana Tijoux (read our past interview with her here) grew up amid political upheaval and turmoil in Chile; the rise of the Pinochet regime prompted her family to flee for France, and it wasn’t until the 1990s that Tijoux returned home—so it’s little surprise the MC—who gained international notoriety when the track from her sophomoric solo album, “1977,” was featured in an episode of Breaking Bad—raps about power, government, and community. In Vengo, the follow-up to Grammy-nominated La Bala, Tijoux sings in Spanish over pan flutes and horn-heavy beats, situating herself somewhere between local Andean music and global hip-hop. In the title track, which exemplifies the album’s dialog between these worlds, she raps confidently over a banging beat about her ancestry and the possibilities of revolution.

I come for answers
With a bundle of full and open veins
I come as an open book eager to learn the untold story of our ancestors…

I come to build a dream
The brightness of life that inhabits the new man
I come looking for an ideal of a world without
Class that can rise up

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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