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The Austin 100: Lido Pimienta

Lido Pimienta.
Dani Murillo
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Lido Pimienta.

Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Genre: Pop

Why We're Excited: A Colombian-born artist and electro-pop musician now based in Toronto, Lido Pimienta made the first Spanish-language recording (2016's La Papessa) ever to win Canada's prestigious Polaris Prize. In April, she returns with Miss Colombia, a new collection of splashy, spangly songs about tangled identity, queer love and the complicated relationship she's maintained with the country of her birth.

Listen to Lido Pimienta's "Eso Que Tu Haces"

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