Lido Pimienta is a Colombian Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence after her 2016 album, La Papessa, won the 2017 Polaris Music Prize. Her music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, including traditional indigenous and Afro-Colombian musical styles, as well as contemporary synthpop and electronic music.
Ana Tijoux & Shadia Mansour
Anamaría Tijoux Merino, commonly known by her stage name Ana Tijoux or Anita Tijoux, is a French-Chilean musician. She became famous in Latin America as the MC of hip-hop group Makiza during the late 1990s. Tijoux has often been praised for “exploring sensitive matters devoid of violence.” Tijoux is the daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile in France during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile.
Shadia Mansour (Arabic: شادية منصور Shādiyah Manṣūr), also known as “the first lady of Arabic hip hop”, is a British Palestinian singer and MC who sings and raps in Arabic and English. Much of her music focuses on Middle East politics. Mansour began singing at Palestinian protest rallies as a child and she became known in London’s Palestinian community for performing classical Arab songs of protest at an early age. She went on to study performing arts before beginning her career as an MC.
Gogol Bordello is an American punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999, and known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring. Much of the band’s sound is inspired by Gypsy music mixed with punk and dub. Their mission is to provoke audience out of post-modern aesthetic swamp onto a neo-optimistic communal movement towards new sources of authentic energy.
“LP, (real name Laura Pergolizzi), has been making music professionally for over a decade, writing songs for the likes of Cher, Rita Ora , and Christina Aguilera, and scoring her first major breakthrough with Rihanna’s ‘Cheers (Drink To That).’ In addition to precise songwriting prowess, LP also has a powerhouse voice and an aesthetic that’s both classic and subversive, that’s drawn fans from all over the world. The openly gay, gender-neutral singer is also an LGBT role model, connecting with fans everywhere through her signature androgynous style and heartfelt lyrics about her relationships past, present and future.”
—Claire Valentine, “Musician LP on Androgyny, Identity, and How Joni Mitchell Breaks the Rules,” Paper, 18 August 2017.
“Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a nationally-recognized writer & performer living in New York City. Her poem “Like Totally Whatever” won the National Poetry Slam Competition in 2015 & promptly went viral. Her Amazon-best-selling book Peluda (Button poetry) explores, interrogates and redefines the intersections of Latina identity, feminism, hair removal & what it means to belong.”
Jessie Reyez is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Reyez was born in Toronto to Colombian parents. Her 2016 single “Figures” peaked at number 58 on the Canadian Hot 100 in 2017 and was certified 2× Platinum by Music Canada. She won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2018.
The Hamilton Mixtape: Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)
The Hamilton Mixtape is a 2016 mixtape album featuring assorted songs from the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton performed by various artists, as well as some deleted songs from the musical. It was widely well-received by fans and critics alike. The song took inspiration from the line shared between Hamilton and Lafayette—”Immigrants—we get the job done”. It was performed by K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC (Riz Ahmed), and Residente.