Lido Pimienta is a Colombian-born, Toronto-based interdisciplinary musician and global beats trailblazer who has been praised by NPR Music, Pitchfork, Fader, Noisey, Remezcla, Stereogum, Rolling Stone and featured on the cover of Toronto’s NOW Magazine. She has been a speaker at Red Bull Music Academy, creates visual art and is working on a graphic novel, has shared stages with Cuco, Helado Negro and Austra, and recently performed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Dia de los Muertos celebration. On April 17, 2020, she will release Miss Colombia the anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Polaris-Prize winning LP La Papessa. Lido – an Afro-Indigenous, queer feminist – produced Miss Colombia in her home studio with help from Matt Smith aka Prince Nifty. The record boasts 11 new and original songs that boldly celebrate Lido’s ecstatic musical hybridity of electronic meets cumbia, and is at once defiant and delicate, exploratory and confrontational.
The most recently-released advance single from the album, “Nada,” features Bomba Estéreo vocalist Li Saumet and, according to Rolling Stone, is a reflection “on both the power and strain of motherhood.” “Nada” is jingling and bright on its surface but the haunting vocal riffs reveal the song’s seriousness, as Pimenta and Saumet exchange musings on the trenchant sentiment of women’s historical trauma Another advance single, “Eso Que Tu Haces,” is a roaring declaration of discovery, while another song included here, “No Pude, is about “the love/hate relationship” Pimienta has with Colombia.
“Pimienta’s soprano voice anchors technicolor basslines, baroque strings, and militaristic snares, as she comes to realize that self-efficacy is the armor needed to combat tribulations both public and private…. [She has become] the face of a new wave of artists pushing social activism to the forefront of Canada’s musical conversation.” -Pitchfork
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