Lido Pimienta

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Lido Pimienta
Birth nameLido Maria Pimienta Paz
Born1986 (age 32–33)
Barranquilla, Colombia
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresSynthpop, Latin-American music
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
Years active2010–present

Lido Pimienta (born 1986) is a Colombian Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter.[1] She rose to prominence after her 2016 album, La Papessa, won the $50,000 2017 Polaris Music Prize.[2] 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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia,[4] she later immigrated to Canada, settling in London, Ontario,[5] before moving to Toronto, where she is currently based.[4] Her father died when she was six years old.[5]


Pimienta released her debut album, Color, in 2010.[6] The album was produced by Michael Ramey, Pimienta's husband at the time,[7] and was released by Los Angeles based music label KUDETA.[7] 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.[3] That year, she also collaborated with A Tribe Called Red on several tracks for their 2016 album We Are the Halluci Nation.[8]

Following the release of La Papessa, which was self-produced by Pimienta, she was awarded the $50,000 2017 Polaris Music Prize,[2] which is considered Canada's top juried music award.[5] The Globe and Mail called her "the future of Canadian rock and roll", and dubbed her the "artist of the year".[5]

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".[9] 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.[9] 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".[9]

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.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Pimienta identifies as queer.[11] She is of mixed Afro-Colombian and Wayuu descent.[3] She is a single mother.[5]



  1. ^ "How Lido Pimienta found freedom in music". Q, February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Lido Pimienta Wins 2017 Polaris Music Prize", Exclaim!, September 18, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet Lido Pimienta, The Art Pop Warrior of the Latinx Underground". The Fader, October 31, 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Lido Pimienta Takes Control". Noisey, March 21, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e "The Globe's artist of the year: Lido Pimienta". Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  6. ^ "Lido Pimienta en su exploración de género, raza, maternidad e inmigración". Univision, November 5, 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Lido Pimienta is done with your ideas of “world music”". Chart Attack, January 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "Innovative DJ trio willing to stand up; A Tribe Called Red's new album described as a 'lightning rod'". Montreal Gazette, December 15, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c 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.
  10. ^ "Mercer Union | FEMINISTRY IS HERE". Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  11. ^ "What It’s Like to be Queer and Latinx During Pride". Torontoist, June 30, 2016.