Chilean by way of France rapper Ana Tijoux released her third full-length La Bala stateside yesterday. Judging from the video for the first single, "Shock," the album will be heavy with socio-political commentary much like her last full-length offering 1977.
The album comes during an pivotal time in Chilean politics where much of 2011 was marked by protests catalyzed by a massive student movement advocating equal access to education. The level of the protests are causing a level of upheaval that hold similarities to those the nation experienced during its return to democracy in 1990.
We were fortunate to catch Tijoux at the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City a few years back. Check out the program 'Tales from the LAMC' to hear Tijoux and other awesome Latin artists. We were excited about her then and are just as excited for this new album.
Watch the video for "Shock" below and be on the lookout for an Afropop review of it in the near future. You can also stream it in its entirety via NPR.org.
Ana tijoux Shock from Eduardo Polanco on Vimeo.