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Thread #158418   Message #3755760
Posted By: keberoxu
04-Dec-15 - 04:50 PM
Thread Name: Inti-Illimani: one has become two
Subject: RE: Inti-Illimani: one has become two
The well-known Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, had a brief interview published in 2010, on August 1, with co-founder Horacio Duran, charango specialist and core member of what is now Inti Illimani Historico.   
No big deal, what happens to a spoiled rock star, who breaks up with the band that is the source of their economic good fortune. But no, not when it is Inti-Illimani from Chile, the symbol of militancy and cohesion, it can't be accepted when it happens to all of you. You have passed a whole lifetime singing "The people united can never be defeated," and then, in the end, you are the ones who split up. Here, appearing across Italy, are already two versions of the Inti. Jorge Coulon, founding member, leading the Inti Nuevos. And the Historicos, the reunion of three other pioneers, Jose Seves, Horacio Duran, and Horacio Salinas. The rupture started in 2005: a divorce, complete with official documentation and a court trial through which to determine who has the rights to the original name. The "Nuevos" claim the victory in the battle. Tonight, in performance, we will see the others, the "historical" Inti-Illimani. Many things can be understood since then, according to Horacio Duran, who says: "They are thinking that they have to find new paths. We, however, we believe that the solution is continuity, not to abandon the traditional/folkloric instruments, the singing as a chorus, the marks of our history."

An agreement could not be reached?
"No. I understand that for you Italians this is a difficult thing to accept, but at a certain point it was inevitable."
Whatever the reason, the full story of the entire band was just related in a book, "Inti-Illimani, Storia E Mito", (publisher Il Margine), written by their inseparable friend Eduardo Carrasco.
[Translator's note: Carrasco, if he is who I think he is, was the co-founder of Quilapayun, and remained in Italy after Quilapayun returned to Chile.]

The preface of this new book is authored by former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, who testifies to the centrality of the Inti to their tormented homeland. With the Chilean election, in January, of Sebastian Pinera, the country has now swung to the right.
"We are not contented about it," says Duran. "but the last twenty 'post-Pinochet' years have taught the Chileans the importance of the rule of human rights. There is no turning back."

Written by Matteo Cruccu