Lido Pimienta on how racism, beauty pageants, and national identity influenced her new album

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Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born musician who won Canada’s biggest music prize, the Polaris Prize in 2017. Her latest album, Miss Colombia, combines cumbia, reggaeton, and latin folk with orchestral production and electronic beats.
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Lido Pimienta is a Toronto-based, Colombian-born musician who won Canada’s biggest music prize, the Polaris Prize, in 2017. Her latest album, <em>Miss Colombia</em>, combines cumbia, reggaeton and latin folk with orchestral production and electronic beats. 

In this interview, Lido talks about the inspiration for the album, from pageant culture’s racist and nationalist undertones to being teased about her hair in school. She also discusses her experience being of Indigenous Wayuu and African descent and learning to celebrate this mixed heritage through her music. 

"Since I've been born, I've never known peace. I've never known respect for a culture. I've never known empowering of Indigenous communities. I don't know what it's like to see Black people truly free in my country.” Lido is doing her part to change that.

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