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!
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.