|Birth name||Lido Maria Pimienta Paz|
|Born||1986 (age 32–33)|
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Synthpop, Latin-American music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
Lido Pimienta (born 1986) is a Colombian Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter. She rose to prominence after her 2016 album, La Papessa, won the $50,000 2017 Polaris Music Prize. Her music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, including traditional indigenous and Afro-Colombian musical styles, as well as contemporary synthpop and electronic music.
Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, she later immigrated to Canada, settling in London, Ontario, before moving to Toronto, where she is currently based. Her father died when she was six years old.
Pimienta released her debut album, Color, in 2010. The album was produced by Michael Ramey, Pimienta's husband at the time, and was released by Los Angeles based music label KUDETA. After Pimienta and Ramey separated, Pimienta took time to pursue a degree in art criticism, in addition to learning more about music production, before releasing her second album, La Papessa, in 2016. That year, she also collaborated with A Tribe Called Red on several tracks for their 2016 album We Are the Halluci Nation.
Following the release of La Papessa, which was self-produced by Pimienta, she was awarded the $50,000 2017 Polaris Music Prize, which is considered Canada's top juried music award. The Globe and Mail called her "the future of Canadian rock and roll", and dubbed her the "artist of the year".
During her performance at the Halifax Pop Explosion music festival on October 19, 2017, Pimienta, as she often does during her concerts, invited the "brown girls [in the audience] to [come] the front". According to a statement that was subsequently released by the festival, "the incident involved a white volunteer photographer and several white audience members who reacted negatively" to Pimienta's request. When the photographer refused to move after ten separate requests, Pimienta said, "you're cutting into my set time and you're disrespecting these women, and I don't have time for this". The volunteer was removed from the show and the festival organizers later apologized to Pimienta, and said they would increase "anti-oppression and anti-racism training".
In addition to working as a musician, Pimienta is also a visual artist and curator, and her work has been described as exploring "the politics of gender, race, motherhood, identity and the construct of the Canadian landscape in the Latin American"; her work was exhibited in the group exhibition FEMINISTRY IS HERE at Mercer Union gallery in Toronto.
- Color (2010)
- La Papessa (2016)
- "How Lido Pimienta found freedom in music". Q, February 2, 2017.
- "Lido Pimienta Wins 2017 Polaris Music Prize", Exclaim!, September 18, 2017.
- "Meet Lido Pimienta, The Art Pop Warrior of the Latinx Underground". The Fader, October 31, 2016.
- "Lido Pimienta Takes Control". Noisey, March 21, 2014.
- "The Globe's artist of the year: Lido Pimienta". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
- "Lido Pimienta en su exploración de género, raza, maternidad e inmigración". Univision, November 5, 2016.
- "Lido Pimienta is done with your ideas of “world music”". Chart Attack, January 29, 2017.
- "Innovative DJ trio willing to stand up; A Tribe Called Red's new album described as a 'lightning rod'". Montreal Gazette, December 15, 2016.
- Friend, David (October 27, 2017). "Halifax music fest apologizes for 'overt racism' at Lido Pimienta concert". The Globe and Mail. The Canadian Press. Retrieved October 27, 2017.
- "Mercer Union | FEMINISTRY IS HERE". www.mercerunion.org. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
- "What It’s Like to be Queer and Latinx During Pride". Torontoist, June 30, 2016.