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Lido Pimienta & Chancha Via Circuito team for “La Victoria” (listen)

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Chancha Via Circuito (photo by Hanna Quevedo)

Argentina’s Chancha Via Circuito (aka Pedro Canale) has been making albums for a decade now, offering up a mix of electronic and more traditional folk sounds, and he continues to gain increased attention outside of his home country. His next album, Bienaventuranza (“a word that essentially means bliss”), comes out June 8 via Wonderwheel Recordings (pre-order), and it features collaborations with Mateo Kingman, Miriam Garcia, Gianluz, Kaleema, Manu Ranks and Toronto’s Polaris Prize-winning Lido Pimienta. We’re premiering the song “La Victoria” which features Lido Pimienta and Colombian dancehall artist Manu Ranks, and which actually originally started out as a demo by Lido nine years ago. Here’s what she tells us about it:

“La Victoria” is a song I wrote almost a decade ago in collaboration with a dear friend and icon, Vic Fabrice from Buenos Aires. The song started as a commentary on how for young women, the world insists on telling us we should not take any risks because we will fail, inevitably…I took her pain and adapted it to mine and wrote this anthem in which as young girls we clap-back at the world and tell them “si me equivoco, lo vuelvo a intentar” which translates to “If i make a mistake, I will try again” – In the context of the fierce feminist movement in South America, we are excited to showcase the song and invite others to join and recognize that we are intersectional, powerful and bright.

Chancha added, “The years went by and this song was forgotten in their hard drives, so I proposed to the girls to finish the track and include it on my new album Bienaventuranza. I’ve always thought that ‘La Victoria’ deserved to be shared and spread, and fortunately this wish came true.” The song is both danceable and atmospheric, and even if you don’t speak the language, you can feel the power in it. Listen below.

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