Guest DJ: Ana Tijoux Talks Hip-Hop, Chilean Politics And Being Married To Jazz

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Duke Ellington once said, "by and large, jazz has always been like the kind of a man you wouldn't want your daughter to associate with." It's temperamental, it's moody, it wants trouble and yet it's completely irresistible. And if Ellington was right, then Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux is a lost cause. "It's not that I love jazz," she says, "it's that I'm married to it."

In this week's Guest DJ session, Tijoux swings by and spends a good amount of time talking about her love of jazz, from Ellington to Miles Davis, and young Armenian performer Tigram Hamasyan, whom she has a huge musical crush on. It's easy to see how her own style is influenced by jazz: Tijoux is one of the most exciting lyricists of this generation of Latin musicians, let alone Spanish-speaking rappers. She is able take the Spanish language, ignore its many rules detailing emphasis and pronounciation, melt it like plastic, and reformulate it into whatever rhythm and free association her heart desires.

Tijoux's latest album, La Bala, is direct and confrontational, filled with observations about the current tumultuous situation in her native Chile. Yet despite its hardness, she never loses her astounding lyrical fluidity. During the show she expressed her dream of one day making a jazz album, but as co-host Felix Contreras points out, she doesn't have to, because she's already there: Ana Tijoux's lyrical style is pure jazz.

The prolific rapper also takes time to discuss other influences, from French hip hop group Supreme NTM, to Panamanian troubadour Ruben Blades and some Public Enemy.

This is by far one of the most eclectic and passionate Guest DJ sessions we've done. As with her music, Tijoux is able to be poignant yet relaxed and completely free flowing. My recommendation: Pour yourself a nice glass of wine or cup of tea, dim the lights and let Ana Tijoux guide you on a musical tour of her soul.

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Nuestra Invitada Ana Tijoux, Conversa Sobre El Jazz, Hip Hop Y La Política En Chile.

Duke Ellington una vez dijo que "en general, el jazz siempre ha sido como el tipo de hombre que no te gustaría para tu hija". El jazz es temperamental, imprevisible, complejo, pero sin embargo completamente irresistible. Y si Ellington tenía razón, entonces nuestra amiga la MC Chilena Ana Tijoux esta en serios problemas, ya que según nos cuenta en el programa de hoy: "no se trata de que amo el jazz...es que estoy casada con el jazz."

Esta semana Ana Tijoux nos visita y pasa un buen rato hablando de su amor por la música de jazz, desde Duke Ellington a Miles Davis, y un joven armenio llamado Tigram Hamasyan, quien nos confiesa la tiene hipnotizada.

Es fácil ver como el propio estilo de Tijoux ha sido influenciado por el jazz. Tijoux es una de las compositoras líricas más intrigantes de esta generación de músicos latinos, y ni hablar del impacto que está ejerciendo sobre el hip hop en español. Es capaz de tomar nuestro idioma, con todas sus reglas detallando énfasis y pronunciación, derretirlo como un plástico, y reformularlo como a ella se le antoja. En su más reciente álbum, La Bala, es directa y agresiva, llena de observaciones acerca de la difícil situación socio-política que la rodea en Chile. Sin embargo, a pesar de su firmeza, jamás pierde esa increíble fluidez de palabras que caracteriza su trabajo. Durante la conversación, Tijoux mencionó que sueña con algún día grabar un disco de jazz, pero como Felix Contreras bien lo señaló, no tiene que soñarlo, porque en cierto sentido, ya lo ha logrado: el rap de Ana Tijoux es puro jazz.

Por supuesto que esta prolífica artista también nos habla de otras influencias como el grupo de rap francés Supreme NTM, el legendario cantautor panameño Rubén Blades, y claro, no podían faltar uno de los ilustres del rap, Public Enemy.

Esta semana nuestro programa es uno de los más variados en nuestra historia. Tal como su música, vemos a Ana muy tranquila, llena de serenidad, pero con mucha fuerza y espíritu de lucha. Mi consejo para ustedes: sírvanse una copita de vino, bajen las luces, y déjense llevar de la mano por Ana Tijoux, en un tour musical de su bella alma.

Here's To You, Miss Ana Tijoux:

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