Nacional Records recording artist Ana Tijoux is a Chilean rapper who took this year’s Pachanga Fest by storm. Tijoux was born in France to a French mother and a Chilean father in political exile during Pinochet’s dictatorship. After the return to democracy, the family moved to Chile. She found a home in the emerging hip-hop scene of Santiago and first started rhyming in French, then later in Spanish.
Tijoux made her U.S. debut performing at South By Southwest in 2010, and has since toured the U.S. and Europe extensively. Her most recent U.S. tour was in support of her new album La Bala, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated debut 1977.
During her Austin tour stop at Pachanga Fest, I got to chat with Tijoux for a video interview on Blastro2. How Tijoux hasn’t made everyone’s “most interesting people in the world” lists is beyond me. We talked about La Bala, her place in the Latin music and her impact on the U.S. music scene.
Watch Tijoux’s entire Pachanga Fest set on Blastro2 here.