(re/route via DC City Blog) – re/route productions, a new arts and cultural events presenter based in Washington, DC, will be kicking off its inaugural summer series with an appearance by one of the world’s most acclaimed hip-hop artists, Chilean MC Ana Tijoux at U Street’s LIV Nightclub on July 15, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.
Hailed as “Best New Artist” by MTV Latin America and a favorite of international music tastemakers including KCRW-FM and Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Tijoux’s first mainstream success came in 2007 as a guest rapper on Mexican rocker Julieta Venegas’ hit “Eres para mí”. Her U.S. debut came in March 2010 at the SXSW Festival, and she is embarking on her first North American tour in support of her new album “1977” on Nacional Records.
Featured on National Public Radio and PRI’s “The World”, the 32-year old MC eschews the bling-bling sensationalism of today’s U.S. hip-hop, drawing instead on socially-conscious 90’s influences such as Public Enemy, De La Soul, Native Tongues and her upbringing as the only child of Chilean parents exiled during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship. Raised in both France and Chile, Tijoux’s rhyming is a multilingual tour-de-force, flowing smoothly between French and Spanish. “Chilean hip-hop is distinct in its passion,” says Tijoux. “We don’t have so much money for the production, but the passion we have is amazing.”
Ana Tijoux (Chile)
with DTMD (DC) and Rebel Diaz (Chile)
Thursday, July 15 2010 @ 8:00pm
LIV Nightclub – 11th and U Streets, NW Washington, DC
tickets: $12 advance/$18 door buy online: www.anatijoux.eventbrite.com
more information at www.rerouteDC.com
Supporting Tijoux will be DC hip-hop favorites DTMD and another up-and-coming hip-hop, Rebel Diaz. The performance will be presented in partnership with Shine On Me.
Supporting TIjoux on this show will be local DMV hip-hop favorites, DTMD (dunc/toine/makin/dollas). Producer Dunc and MC Toine recently released their debut album The Basics EP, along with a video for the single You which has been earning widespread critical acclaim in the hip-hop/mixtape blogosphere since the start of the year. http://duncandtoine.blogspot.com
Fronted by Afro-Boricua MC/songstress Lah Tere, and Chilean brothers Rodstarz and G1, Rebel Diaz first performed at an immigrant rights march in New York City in 2006. With influences ranging from Dirty South bounce to South American folk, Rebel Diaz combines classic boom bap tradition with Hip Hop’s global impact.
Having been likened to a bilingual Fugees, the group’s versatility has allowed for them to share the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli, while feeling right at home with acts like Rage Against the Machine, Sergent Garcia, and Obie Bermudez. Recent tours in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Guatemala, and Chile, have only solidified their international appeal.
On the heels of their critically acclaimed Otro Guerrillero mixtape series, Rebel Diaz will release their debut full length LP in the Summer of 2010. They have spent the last two years visiting dozens of colleges and universities, facilitating workshops, speaking on panels, and performing at national conferences. Building on this growing network of positive young people in Hip Hop, the group recently opened a community arts center in the South Bronx, the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective. http://rebeldiaz.mvmt.com/
About re/route productions
New roots. Global culture. Through the production of live performance, cultural and educational events, re/route creates opportunities to witness exciting global artists rarely presented in the nation’s capital.
re/route founder and Artistic Director Jeff Parks has been producing performing arts events for over a decade, most recently in his current work as a Director of Programming with the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Says Parks, “DC is such a mix of diverse cultures and art forms, there’s a critical mass of activity happening here that includes jazz, dance music, hip-hop, and beats from around the globe. All the studies point to arts and culture being a key driver of economic activity and revitalization of our cities heading into the 21st century. What we’re looking to open up with re/route is space to play and facilitate cultural exchange – to have the same high-level, quality cultural programming and opportunities we might find in the concert hall happen organically in the city’s clubs and neighborhoods.”
About Shine on Me
Shine On Me productions is a driving force for DC hip-hop, neo-soul, jazz and dance music in the nation’s capital. Based in Washington, DC’s thriving U Street district, Shine on Me has produced hundreds of exciting events at LIV Nightclub, Bohemian Caverns, and the historic Lincoln Theater, including Little Dragon, J*Davey, DJ ?uestlove, Bilal, and many more.