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Chile's New Indie Pop Wave

by Monika Fabian

Chile's New Indie Pop Wave

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Chile's musical resurgence hit like a natural phenomenon, gradually gathering momentum and then exploding unexpectedly, transforming the Andean nation into one of the most exciting indie pop hubs in Latin America in recent years. The outpouring of creativity -- most notably by artists like Alex Anwandter, Javiera Mena and Gepe -- has been regarded as a release two decades in the making, starting at the end of the Pinochet dictatorship and orchestrated by the generation that grew up in the repressive state. (Fittingly, one of the wave's earliest ambassadors was the rapper Ana Tijoux, who was born in France to Chilean exiles and emigrated to Chile as a young child.) It was also aided by the rise of the Internet, which granted the largely DIY indie artists an international audience and a bigger spotlight from more established musical scenes in the region.

Get familiar with some of the major players in this Chilean pop renaissance, which has proven itself to be as diverse as it is organic. Andean-laced pop, '70s AM radio, sassy piano pop, brassy cumbia, queer-ish dance pop, soulful political hip-hop and more await on this two-hour survey of Chilean music today.

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