Ana Tijoux fans can get the best of both worlds: a chance to listen to Vengo (the third album from Chile's mother of rap) before everyone else, and a get a Tropicoso party punch from Jazz 88's DJ Mawkus and guest DJ's, B+ and Eddie Turbo. The not-to-be-missed listening party will be on March 6 at the Office. Otherwise, fans will have to wait to listen to Vengo when it drops March 18 on Nacional Records. Fans should get-up-to-get-down south of the border to see Tijoux in concert at Tijuana's new concert hot spot, Black Box on March 22.
In January, Spin co-signed the same-titled lead single as "confident" and "horn-heavy ... giving nods to the boom-bap of underground hip-hop and early 2000s Roc-A-Fella Records."
Marcus Rosario, host of Jazz 88's "One World" and spins locally as DJ Mawkus, is especially excited because he says, “The album is fire!” Tijoux's label, Nacional Records, will be hooking up giveaways throughout the night. Tropicoso is a one-of-a-kind party, spinning the hardest mash-ups in cumbia, dancehall and Latin alternative music forms.
Tropicoso is in its third installment here in San Diego. Rosario says, "I'll play a mish-mash of sounds from the likes of record labels, ZZK, Dutty Artz, Bersa Discos and Mixpak. Also, Los Rakas and Uproot Andy remixes thrown in for good measure."
B+, or Brian Cross, will be the night's special guest DJ. You may remember his award-winning music photography work, namely, the ODB shot holding up the breasts of a beanie-wearing model on the cover of Rap Pages, which was a parody of a Janet Jackson's VIBE cover. The photographer is currently an assistant professor at UCSD. Rosario reported that Cross is fresh from shooting a music video for Tijoux (maybe we'll be lucky to see some footage at the party, too).
The Tropicoso party has taken place in other cities and has finally made its way to San Diego. Rosario says, "I'm hoping to build a space for these sounds here in S.D."
Tropicoso's Vengo listening party should be your first stop to get you amped up for Tijoux's March 22 concert. Plus, you'll get giveaways from Nacional Records and a one-hour hosted bar! It's really the best of both worlds: Party-party and Ana Tijoux. See you there, mi gente!
Dita Quiñones is a multimedia journalist born in Tijuana with a passion for Latin alternative and hip-hop music news. Her main goal is to uplift and inform so that the Latino and hip-hop communities get knitted into the fabric of American history. In addition to SoundDiego, she contributes to Latina, Fox News Latino, Poder, VidaVibrante and HipHopDx. She is also the founder of the infamous music and politrix blog GN$F! Follow Dita on Twitter or on Facebook.