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Talking Music: Hip-Hop & Politics in Chile

with Ana Tijoux and David Garcia
October 8th, 2015
1:00 PM


Ana Tijoux y Su Caos Creativo @DukeUniversity



Read the blog post about this event, with reflections by Chapel Hill educator Barbie Garayúa Tudryn.

After the event, Miguel Sanchez, staff writer for North Carolina State University's student newspaper, Technician, published this article about the program. Many thanks to them for permission to link to the article here.

"French-Chilean hip-hop artist blends style with storytelling," by Miguel Sanchez, Technician, October 13, 2015 (English-language version).

"Artista francesa-chilena mezcla estila con la narración," by Miguel Sanchez, Technician, October 13, 2015 (Spanish-language version).


Thursday, October 8

12:00 p.m - 1:15 p.m.

Forum for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem

Light lunch served


French-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux spoke with David Garcia, Associate Professor of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill, about the politics and realities of contemporary Latin America, including her native Chile, and how they inform her work as a hip-hop artist. Tijoux performs at Motorco Music Hall later this evening.

Co-sponsored by Duke Performances

This program is part of the Talking Music series.


Music videos of Ana's live acoustic set at FSP

Ana Tijoux

French-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux works at the intersection of hip-hop, jazz, and Latin music. The daughter of Chilean parents who lived in exile during Pinochet’s dictatorship, she first achieved success as the frontwoman of the Chilean band Makiza, whose understated lyrics and forward-thinking production earned the group a reputation as a modern classic of Latin American hip-hop. Since 2007, Tijoux has built a musically adventurous and politically engaged solo career, assailing human rights injustices in Chile and throughout Latin America with her trademark rapid-fire flow. In her words, “hip-hop is the land of the people that don’t have a land.” With both GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY nominations this past year, Tijoux is making her best music yet; her work is “take-no-prisoners, precise, and powerful” (NPR).

David Garcia

Department of Music, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

David Garcia's research focuses on the music of the Americas with an emphasis on black music and Latin music of the United States. He is also musical director of UNC’s Charanga Carolina which specializes in Cuban danzón and salsa music. His first book Arsenio Rodríguez and the Transnational Flows of Latin Popular Music (Temple University Press, 2006) was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the category Best Research in Folk, Ethnic, or World Music by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2007. His current book project, The Logic of Black Music’s African Origins in the Mid-Twentieth Century is under contract with Duke University Press. He has done fieldwork and archival research throughout the United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Curaçao.