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Ana Tijoux Exposes Her Chile Hip-Hop Roots

Ana Tijoux has emerged as one of the most influential voices in Latin America’s hip-hop scene.
Anna spent her youth in France after her family was forced into exile during Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Tijoux moved back to Chile as a teenager and discovered her love for hip-hop.

She made a name for herself as the emcee of the Chilean hip-hop group Makiza. Launched in 1997, the group was known for its politically charged and socially conscious lyrics.

Her album “1977,” referring to the year she was born, was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 and the song under the album’s same name was recently featured in the popular TV drama series “Breaking Bad.”

While in Chile, her hit song “La Bala” became the anthem for multitudes of Chilean students demanding education reform and a lessening of the country’s huge gap between the rich and poor.

Check out Ana Tijoux’s video for “Shock” (speaks on workers rights):