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Colombian-Canadian musician Lido Pimenta brings her talents to television with Lido TV, which is unique in its variety shows.

In the last year alone, Fun multi-hyphenation tuning-Pop artist Lido Pimienta recorded a performance on New The York City Ballet has appeared on stages from Portugal to Portland to the Prairie. Now, the Polaris-winning musician hits the small screen with a new variety show from CBC, LidoTVpremiere this month. The series aims to serve as a mechanism for dealing with those who feel the weight of the world, using playfully unconventional formats — a sunflower doll naively asks about International Women’s Day (“It’s kind of a complicated topic,” Red Pimenta), a game program called Top Land Acknowl in Canadaedges. Like Pepper herself, LidoTV It radiates and rages with a wink of knowledge.

When I first heard Pimienta’s music over a decade ago, on an NPR podcast Latin alternativeBeloved on the overseas festival circuit, she was routinely dropped on blogs chronicling the sprawling vocal galaxy of Latin American indie underground. The unrestrained bell of her soprano from another world was peppy, especially along with then-dominant Canada. Musical harmony. With her new show, stylized pimienta Existence shakes things up again.

Filled with a Technicolor sound set and musical guests like Nelly Furtado and Shad, plus a cast of characters including a pair of anthropomorphic tomatoes, LidoTV It evokes the elusive feel of Saturday morning TV in the ’80s, in particular Paul Wee Theater—that is, if Pee-Wee Herman had a penchant for surreal political entertainment. Pimienta’s short comedy sketches are interspersed with travel documentaries and insightful guest interviews. Along the way, she imparts lessons on wide-ranging topics such as feminism, success, and Canadian multibillion-dollar mineral extraction in Colombia.

In the first episode, our titular director visits a record store in her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia, one of the many Caribbean port cities that have become a breeding ground for the genre’s Afro-Antellenic music tradition. “Places like this have been looted by people all over the world,” the store owner laments. In a brief but directed dialogue, he and Pimenta summed up the cultural legacy of colonial theft and appropriation.

The record store vignette is only a few minutes into the series’ first episode, but it touches on the creative core of Pimenta’s arc, particularly as it developed in dialogue with mainstream Canadian discourse. Pimienta may be the winner of Canada’s most prestigious music award and now runs her own show on national public radio, but she’s still learning to juggle her personality with an artist and what culture in general is. ready to see it. “There is always this pressure, this burden on me, as if I cannot just be an artist,” Pimenta tells me. “Because I am an immigrant and a Brown, I should be seen as a revolutionary. I can make art about unicorns and rainbows, and I can be seen as a unicorn and rainbows for a revolution.”

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After watching the first few episodes of LidoTVI don’t think this pressure will go away soon. but there be Unicorns and rainbows, sometimes. While the show faces heavy topics, it is too funny. In one scene, Pimenta and Furtado, who plays a pink guitar while Pimenta flips the pages of a children’s book, sing Alphabet A for apples, and B for a child. When they reach the C, a shriek disrupts their soothing voices before Pimienta, her face sarcastically crazy, reveals that C stands for colonization. “We might talk about the government spending taxpayer money on things we don’t really need, but we’ll do it as a parody of ASMR,” Pimenta says with a laugh.

The series relies on uninterrupted provocation to circumvent the mortal sin of education. In an infographic about beauty standards, a woman wonders if a Brazilian butt lift surgery will last forever. An interview with metal band Kittie turns into a single about the toxic “Manosphere” online. There’s even a young man whose erotic awakening is triggered by watching a woman churning butter—a sketch that’s sure to push the boundaries of saucy CBC. “Humor can be a beautiful olive branch,” says Pimenta.

in LidoTVThe eccentricities of the art school in Pimienta distort audience expectations like a mirror of fun. Pimenta faithfully assumes the case study’s position in the program’s discussions of gender inequality and racism. However, there is severe subversion in LidoTVThe hodgepodge displayed, as if anyone would dare introduce her to the sum of her identities. Everything is a bit surreal for Pimienta, as it’s free Unleash the distillation of her property mix of whims and politicsContent for a TV audience – on behalf of CBC to boot. “I think we’re at a crossroads in Canada where people are finally getting excited to talk about what’s really going on without painting it short,” she says. “This show allows us to focus on who we are now, diverse and culturally available. We want it to be a show for everyone.”

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