Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux

AIMA the Dreamer featuring Jazz Mafia, Honor Roll

Tue, November 20, 2012

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$15.00 - $18.00

This event is 18 and over

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Ana Tijoux
Ana Tijoux
One of the most respected MCs in any language, Ana Tijoux is set to explode with her brand new record La Bala (the bullet), the follow up to her Grammy-nominated album, 1977. Born in France—where her parents were exiled during the military dictatorship in their native Chile—Tijoux became a household name in Chile with her first band, Makiza, as well as voicing the main character in the popular animated series Los Pulentos. After going solo, she quickly gained fame throughout Latin America with a string of hits including the smash "Eres Para Mi" with Julieta Venegas. But the world really began to take notice when she dropped 1977, an album full of classic beats and her signature flow that harkened back to the 90s and the golden age of intellectual hiphop.

International accolades soon followed, with praise from mainstream press around the globe as well as tastemakers like Thom Yorke, and the album ended up at the top of the "Best-of" lists of Amazon, Billboard, and iTunes, amongst others. Now she's back with La Bala, a continuation in sound and spirit from this global activist and MC. Collaborations with the Oscar and Grammy winner Jorge Drexler, as well as Cuba's hiphop stars Los Aldeanos, are just some of the highlights of the album. The first single, "Shock", is her reaction to the student movement that has marked the last 6 months in Chile, where high school and college students have taken over their schools in a protest against the constitution that was made during the dictatorship, and the for-profit education system which they feel leaves them behind. The video for the song was filmed in one of these high schools, and its release in Chile was a true watershed moment, where seemingly everyone was talking about the impact it was making on the movement.

In concert Tijoux now takes the stage with her full band to flesh out the intricate arrangements of the new album. Her shows are a whirlwind trip through hip-hop, jazz, and funk, spiced up with a bit of politics and her great sense of humor that has made audiences around the globe fall in love with her.
AIMA the Dreamer featuring Jazz Mafia
AIMA the Dreamer featuring Jazz Mafia
For those in the know, Aima the Dreamer has been rockin’ crowds for years as a vocalist and MC with groups such as J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, The Mamaz, Goddess Alchemy Project and Jazz Mafia’s Brass, Bows and Beats Hip-Hop Symphony. All of this in addition to her own solo project has given her a variety of outlets with which to harness her energy as not only a talented MC and vocalist, but also as a strong, feminine woman who easily holds her own amongst a male-dominated industry.

Spending her childhood moving across the United States from the Mid West of Detroit and Chicago towards the West Coast via Salt Lake City and Los Angeles, Aima finally found solid roots in Hawaii at the age of 9, where she lived for the next 10 years until planting herself firmly into the Bay Area, where she has resided ever since.

A troubled childhood led her to write poetry as a way of coping with the stresses of life. This skill would serve her well as she began going to open mics at the age of 16 as a spoken word artist and later finding her calling as an emcee in the Bay Area by way of meeting her other half of The Mamaz, Persia. “She really took me under her wing and transitioned me from spoken word to emcee”.

Nearly 10 years later Aima has taken her lifetime of experiences and lessons learned and brought them together in a perfectly blended mix of music that reflects a woman who is independent, sexy, strong, spiritual and intelligent.
Coupled with her exquisite rhymes and flows, Aima the Dreamer’s mixtape gives the music world a taste of an artist who knows what she wants. With plans for a full-length album in the works, there’s no doubt she will get it.

Inspired by her family and friends, Aima cites the Bay Area as one of the biggest influences in her music; “I want to make music for all ages and especially for the young girls and women out there. I am inspired by all the great music that comes out of the Bay Area on a daily. It is truly a blessing to be surrounded by such open mindedness, revolutionary ideas, and beautifully talented people.”
Honor Roll
Honor Roll
Trackademicks, 1-O.A.K., Josie Stingray, Mike Baker the Bike Maker, Spank Pops, MoxMore, DJ Tap.10, T Royal, Whiz
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://www.brickandmortarmusic.com/