Countdown to Polaris – Lido Pimienta

The 2017 Polaris Music Prize shortlist has been announced. To celebrate, let’s here’s a weekly look back at the nominees.

Week seven: Lido Pimienta – La Papessa

Not afraid to let her love for her native Colombia shine through, Lido Pimienta brings a flair to La Papessa that is both completely exotic and akin to her fellow Polaris Prize nominees.

Drawing attention to issues affecting her own indigenous roots in the Wayuu people of northern Columbia,  including the single “Agua” that focuses on the global water crisis, her themes are far reaching; while her beautiful blend of electronic and Latinx beats alongside vocals unlike any other, keeps the listener intrigued and hypnotized through the entire album.

In addition, supported early on by fellow 2017 Polaris Prize nominees, A Tribe Called Red, she also appears on the track “The Light” from the band’s nominated album We Are the Halluci Nation.

Will Lido Pimienta become the first artist of Latin American descent to take home the Polaris Music Prize?  Find out on September 18th!

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