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A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Admission is free. Reservations required.


“On one level, Pimienta is recollecting intimate relationships; on another, she’s calling entire countries to task for their failure to protect black and brown women.”—Pitchfork

Don’t miss an inspiring live performance by Lido Pimienta, winner of the Polaris Music Prize, Canada’s highest musical honor. The Colombian-born, Toronto-based global beats trailblazer’s songs are at once defiant and delicate, exploratory and confrontational, and dig deeply into the history of Afro-Latin musics, from Palenque to Cumbia.

Pimienta’s latest album, Miss Colombia, was partly inspired by the Miss Universe gaffe in 2015, when Steve Harvey mistakenly awarded the crown to Miss Colombia instead of Miss Philippines. It caused the Afro-Indigenous, queer feminist to reflect on the anti-Blackness she has experienced, and how she was viewed as an outsider in adolescence for not adhering to the expected norms projected upon her. Other songs confront divisive politics in Colombia, Indigenous inequality, and racism.

The event will also include a conversation with Lido Pimienta moderated by Quetzal lead singer and associate professor of Chicanx Latinx Studies at Scripps/Claremont College, Martha Gonzalez.

This special event is presented in conjunction with “Mass Violence and Its Lasting Impact on Indigenous People: The Case of the Americas and Australia/Pacific Region,” a conference presented by the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research from October 22 through 26.

Presented by USC Visions and Voices and the USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research with support from our media partner, KCRW. Co-sponsored by the USC Thornton School of Music, the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, and La CASA.

Event Details

  • Jiani Chen
  • Shruti Samant
  • Ethan Dilk
  • Bai Liu

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