Watch Ana Tijoux Perform ‘1977’ & Other Career-Spanning Cuts In Return To ‘Tiny Desk Concert’

The French-born Chilean rapper’s powerful four-song set included a pair of gems from Vida, her first new album in 10 years.

By Scott Bernstein May 22, 2024 12:24 pm PDT

Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux recently was back at NPR Music’s Washington D.C. headquarters for her second Tiny Desk Concert appearance over 14 years after she first performed for the live music video series. The French-born artist was backed by her full band this time around as she delivered a stellar four-song set featuring material from throughout her three decades in music.

Ana Tijoux kicked off her latest Tiny Desk Concert with “1977,” the title track from her 2010 sophomore studio album. Perhaps best known for its inclusion in a 2011 episode of Breaking Bad, “1977” has been covered numerous times by the Trey Anastasio Band featuring Natalie Cressman spitting its Spanish lyrics.

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Tijoux and her four-piece band of Federico Rocha (keyboards, vocals), Raúl Moya (bass, Moog, vocals) and Nicolás Castillo (drums, vocals) then looked to Vida, Ana’s recently released first new album since 2014, for the deliciously groovy “Óyeme.” Next, Ana Tijoux led the ensemble through the powerful ballad “Sacar la Voz” from her early days as she rapped in Spanish about “the power to stand up and check your voice.”

Guest vocalist Monica Blaire joined Tijoux and her band for the “Vida” finale. The rapper worked impactful lyrics from late Chilean musician and activist Víctor Jara’s “Manifiesto” into the title track of her new album. “I don’t sing for the sake of singing / Or for having a good voice / I sing because the guitar / Has sense and reason,” is the English translation of Tijoux’s rap as per NPR Music. Jara was murdered during a 1973 coup orchestrated by dictator Augusto Pinochet.

Watch Ana Tijoux’s latest Tiny Desk Concert performance below:


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