If you watched Breaking Bad or follow the current Comedy Central runaway success Broad City then you've most likely heard Ana Tijoux without even knowing it. Her single "1977" has garnered her a lot of attention here in the States in the past few years. Her album Vengo (I'm Coming) was nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Latin Alternative or Urban Album. But Tijoux has been making music in the Chilean scene now for almost two decades. She got her start in rap group Makiza and has since carved out a space for herself in the Latin American hip hop scene, a scene that's currently thriving with trailblazers like Calle 13 leading the way.
Politically driven, nationalistic, proud, bold, Tijoux is innovative and provocative while never forgetting her roots, often adorning her body with paint and jewelry in styles worn by indigenous Chileans. Right now Tijoux is concentrating the majority of her performances in venues throughout Chile, but with her recent Grammy nod she'll probably be gracing those of us up here in the US with her killer MC skills more often.