Faithful followers will know that this is not Ana Tijoux’s first appearance on my IJKGB lists: her track 1977 appeared on IJKGB2010. Tijoux was born in France to Chilean parents in exile from the Pinochet dictatorship. She is, as we saw in 1977, an amazing rapper, but this song also pairs that with a lush orchestral arrangment and choral backup.
Slate has an exclusive audio track of the song via SoundCloud. Read about it here and then scroll down to listen. The Slate articles also includes the lyrics translated into English, but scroll all the way to the bottom and read their correction first: if you understand the song to be titled “Downstream” in English, read the rest of it as a poem about the downstream consequences of social and environmental injustices. Deep.
This os track 14 of 20 on IJKGB2014.