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The Perfect Dance Show, Plus Ana Tijoux's New Video

Like everything Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux does, the video for "Sacar La Voz" is simple but poignant, poetic but unpretentious, graceful yet furious.
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Like everything Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux does, the video for "Sacar La Voz" is simple but poignant, poetic but unpretentious, graceful yet furious.

The most memorable nights of my life, the ones I will remember when I am an old hermit in the jungle of northeastern Argentina (yes, this is my retirement dream) have all been unplanned, fortuitous mistakes. Nights when I've ended up at unexpected parties, met unusual and delightful people or stumbled across a fantastic hidden dance club and salsa danced the night away.

In a lot of ways this week's show sounds like a serendipitous, memorable night. We think we've created the perfect dance show, a true international feast, with irresistible tracks from Portugal, Angola, Argentina, Colombia and New York.

Some of my fondest nocturnal memories involve having incredibly stimulating conversation about politics, society and life at a random bar with a group of strangers. Which is why we also included some fantastic, thought-provoking music from Oaxacan rapper Mare and Chilean rapper extraordinaire Ana Tijoux. This week we premiere Tijoux's new video for the song "Sacar La Voz" (Raise Your Voice), from her deeply political recent album La Bala. Like everything Tijoux does, the video is simple but poignant, poetic but unpretentious, graceful yet furious. There is always a serene quality even to Tijoux's most irate songs, proving that tranquility of the mind doesn't negate passion and desire; Tijoux is just very clear and confident about telling it like it is.

So whether you are in the mood to wander into an obscure bar and have a life-changing conversation or infiltrate an excellent party you weren't invited to, we've got your soundtrack.


Las noches más memorables de mi vida, las cuales recordaré cuando soy una anciana ermitaña en la selva misionera en el noreste argentino (si, ese es mi sueño) han sido noches sin plan, llenas de errores fortuitos. Noches en las cuales he ido a una fiesta a la cual no fui invitada, conocido gente extraña y fascinante, o me he topado con un maravilloso club recónditoy bailado salsa hasta la madrugada.

El show de esta semana me recuerda mucho a una noche llena de aventura, un verdadero festín internacional, con irresistibles canciones de Portugal, Angola, Argentina, Nueva York y Colombia.

Claro que algunos de mis más gratos recuerdos nocturnos tienen que ver con estimulantes conversaciones sobre la vida con extraños en algun bar de malamuerte. Por eso esta semana también tenemos canciones provocativas por artistas conmovedoras, como la rapera Mare de Oaxaca y la chilena Ana Tijoux. Es mas, esta semana estrenamos el nuevo video de Tijoux, "Sacar La Voz." Esa canción figura en su más reciente álbum La Bala y como todo lo que hace Tijoux, es un video simple pero chocante, lleno de poesía pero libre de pretención, repleto de gracia pero también de furia. Los trabajos de Tijoux siempre tienen una onda serena, demostrando que la tranquilidad mental no quita la pasión. Tijoux simplemente es una persona clara, sabe lo que quiere y dice las cosas como son.

Si estás de humor para meterte en un obscuro bar y tener una conversación que cambiará tu vida, o simplemente infiltrarte en una fiesta, aquí tenemos música para acompañar todas tus aventuras.

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Jasmine Garsd is an Argentine-American journalist living in New York. She is currently NPR's Criminal Justice correspondent and the host of The Last Cup. She started her career as the co-host of Alt.Latino, an NPR show about Latin music. Throughout her reporting career she's focused extensively on women's issues and immigrant communities in America. She's currently writing a book of stories about women she's met throughout her travels.
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