Not since “La Rosa De Los Vientos” has Ana Tijoux talked about her Amerindian roots so openly in her rap verses. That was her first single and video, with her former band Makiza in 1999, and it was nothing short of revolutionary. I still remember the goosebumps it gave me the first time I heard her say “if I have indigenous blood, the better, because it’s beautiful.” Growing up in colonized Latin America, I had grown up believing than indigenous and beautiful were two words that could not fit on the same sentence. Mademoiselle Tijoux rocked my world.
“Vengo” is Ana’s new single, dropping today on iTunes thanks to Nacional Records, and it takes her back to her roots with a song that’s all about her mapuche pride, from the sampled flutes on the beat to every syllable she spits on the mic.
A lot has changed in the world since “La Rosa De Los Vientos,” but the topic is not outdated, in fact it’s more relevant than ever, specially in Chile where the aboriginal peoples have been raising up during the past few years, fighting for their rights to the land.
“Vengo” will also be the title of the French/Chilean femcee’s new upcoming album, her fourth one in her post-Makiza fruitful career, third one on Nacional Records, and it’s schedule for release on March 18th, while she’s touring California. I say ¡que venga!