Lido Pimienta: Columbian-Canadian musician features in new ATCR video and opens up about racism

Colombian-Canadian musician Lido Pimienta features in a new video by A Tribe Called Red, The Light II.

The video is for the single taken from A Tribe Called Red’s latest album We Are The Halluci Nation.

Lido Pimienta directed and stars in the new video, which was shot on location in Santiago, Chile. It also features local Chilean artists, who Lido Pimienta believes share her and A Tribe Called Red’s Halluci Nation’s “way of life motivated by resistance and love”.

The video – which was produced by Porch productions in Toronto and SomosPatria in Santiago – follows Lido Pimienta’s character as she is mistaken for a maid by a bourgeois family in Santiago, then turns to a celebration within an artistic community.

Lido Pimienta, who is of indigenous Wayuu descent, said: “When we speak about community, particularly in the context or rather the construct of the Canadian landscape, we tend to assume that the prologue to community entails a lazy binary of “us vs them”, a regular mistake made in counter protest circles and “digital activism”.

“With this in mind, I set out to showcase how settler colonialism is in fact way more nuanced and complex by challenging these assumptions and preconceptions of how Indigenous people ought to be, that they are all the same, that they have a lot of kids, and they don’t pay their taxes…I knew I had the task written out for me.”

The Toronto-based interdisciplinary musician and artist has performed, exhibited, and curated around the world since 2002, exploring the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American diaspora.

Lido Pimienta was awarded the 2017 Polaris Music Prize for her album La Papessa, in September. The album mixes sounds from the artist’s Afro-Colombian heritage with synthpop and beats.

While performing at the Halifax Pop Explosion festival last month, Lido Pimienta riled some punters when she asked the audience to make space at the front for “the other” — indigenous women, women of colour, trans people — as part of the environment of inclusiveness she fosters during all her live performances. She also asks that white people move back.

A white female volunteer photographer at the festival, as well as other white people in the audience reacted negatively to Lido Pimienta’s request and made accusations of “reverse racism”.

The event, which made many headlines, led to online abuse towards the indigenous artist from alt-right supporters. Earlier this week, she spoke to The National about the incident and racism. You can watch the video below.

The festival has since issued an apology to Lido Pimienta.

Lido Pimienta

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea

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