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Thread #159981   Message #3792073
Posted By: Joe Offer
25-May-16 - 07:48 AM
Thread Name: Latin American Protest Songs
Subject: Victor Jara (1932-1973)
I would suppose the best-known Latin American protest singer was Victor Jara (1932-1973). He was a leader in the Nueva CanciĆ³n Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement that rose to popularity during the administration of Salvador Allende. After the coup of 11 September 1973, Jara was arrested; he was tortured under interrogation and ultimately shot dead. The coup began the brutal regime of Augusto Pinochet, who ruled Chile 1973-1981.

Victor Jara didn't sing only protest songs. He was a charming performer of children's songs and love songs. There are many YouTube videos of his performances. Even if you don't speak Spanish, you can enjoy his performances. Take a look at this YouTube playlist, which begins with Duerme, negrito

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