Track Of The Day: Lido Pimienta – ‘No Pude’

Inspired by the personal conflict she feels towards her Colombian homeland; Lido Pimienta‘s single ‘No Pude’ is a magnetic exploration of what it means to give up trying. It’s the first track the Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary artist has shared since her award winning self-released album, La Papessa, in 2016.

Pimienta 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 and vernacular. On ‘No Pude’, which roughly translates as “I could not”, her heartfelt vocals lilt over eccentric percussion and avant-garde synth textures. The track is accompanied by a beautiful video directed by Fitto Segura, with art direction from Orly Anan.

Pimienta comments further on the meaning behind the track: “In the context of the song, [‘No Pude’] means something to the effect of “I am tired of trying”. The words speak directly to the sense of dread and constant anxiety my home country gives me. ‘No Pude’ sums up the love/hate relationship I have with Colombia. I hold Colombia close to my heart and my soul, but that loves turns into rage and shame as fast as a match takes to burn.” Pimienta has a clear ability to turn complex emotions into smoldering soundscapes.

Watch the video for ‘No Pude’ below, and follow Lido Pimienta on Facebook & Spotify for more updates.

Photo Credit Andrés Navarro Aguilera

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Ms Mohammed – ‘Alibi’

Ms Mohammed (aka Dana Jade) is not one to suffer fools gladly. As both a musician and an activist, she confronts xenophobia and Islamophobia head-on to challenge pre-conceptions about race, gender and sexuality. Born in Trinidad and of South Asian descent, her guitar-wielding persona is equal parts exotic Goddess and entrancing vampire.

Her new track ‘Alibi’, taken from her recent EP of the same name, is full of thumping, exotic dhol drums, surrounded by fuzzy, bluesy guitars, all of which lead the listener down velvet and gold-lined corridors to Ms. Mohammed’s lair – a prospect which is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying.

As a champion of religious and cultural tolerance and supporter of LGBT rights, Ms Mohammed is challenging prejudice through her music – and we are 100% behind her endeavours to promote tolerance, acceptance and freedom of expression.

Follow Ms Mohammed on Facebook, and join the Clitrock movement on Twitter too.

Kate Crudgington