SF debut of critically-acclaimed Colombian artist LIDO PIMIENTA at Popscene!
+ DJ Aaron Axelsen and support TBA
18+ welcome, $14 advance tix, 9pm doors
Lido Pimienta (born 1986) is a Colombian Canadian musician, whose 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 and contemporary synthpop and electronic music.
Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, she is currently based in Toronto. She released her debut album, Color, in 2010. The album was produced by Michael Ramey, Pimienta's husband at the time, and released by Los Angeles based music label KUDETA. After Pimienta and Ramey went separate ways, Pimienta took time to pursue a degree in Art Criticism in addition to learning more about production and looping stations before following up with La Papessa in 2016. She has also collaborated with A Tribe Called Red on several tracks for their 2016 album We Are the Halluci Nation.
Pimienta identifies as queer. She is of mixed Afro-Colombian and Wayuu descent.
Also a visual artist and curator, Pimienta's work is described as exploring «the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American Diaspora and vernacular» and in 2017 her work was exhibited in the group exhibition FEMINISTRY IS HERE at Mercer Union gallery in Toronto.
A disruption occurred during Pimienta's concert at the Halifax Pop Explosion music festival on October 19, 2017. According to a statement that was released by the festival «the incident involved a white volunteer photographer and several white audience members who reacted negatively when Pimienta invited 'brown girls to the front' during her Oct. 19 show» (as reported by The Canadian Press). When the festival-sanctioned volunteer photographer, who was engaged in documenting the performance, refused to move after ten separate requests Pimienta said, «You're cutting into my set time and you're disrespecting these women, and I don't have time for this». The volunteer was removed from the show and the festival organizers apologized to Pimienta.