Before Ana Tijoux became one of the biggest names in Latin-American hip hop, she was a child of exile — born in France in 1977 to parents who had fled the repressive regime of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. It wasn’t until 1990, when democracy returned to Chile, that the family returned home.
Tijoux’s breakout record, 1977, was a musical autobiography, in which she confronted her dual identity and what she calls a life of “shadow-boxing” with her parents’ tormentors. But her newest album, La Bala, is focused squarely on the present.
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