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Karaxu - Chilean group

Jack Campin 26 Oct 15 - 08:07 PM
GUEST,keberoxu 31 Oct 15 - 08:51 PM
Jack Campin 31 Oct 15 - 09:23 PM
Bonzo3legs 01 Nov 15 - 04:22 PM
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Subject: Karaxu
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Oct 15 - 08:07 PM

This was prompted by a thread on the Chilean group Inti-Illimani, who are fairly well known worldwide. We don't seem to have any mention on Mudcat of Karaxú, a Chilean group that I found far more exciting and politically inspiring.

There isn't much about them on the web in English. The largest source is the writings of Jan Fairley, an Edinburgh musicologist who I knew slightly (not well enough to realize she'd died in 2012; I have a lot of world music CDs that had been sent to her for review, which I bought from the annual Christian Aid sale a couple of years ago, wondering who the previous owner had been; her family must have donated them).

There is quite a bit of their stuff on YouTube now.

Fairley's thesis:
https://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/7223

More from Fairley in a more general book:
http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781472412669

They seem to have dissolved in 1978, not long after I saw them in an unforgettable concert in Edinburgh. A history from one of their members, in book form in Spanish:

http://www.lom.cl/36969cb5-73f2-48d9-ae5b-9f677456d1ec/Historia-del-grupo-musical-%C2%A1Karax%C3%BA!-%281974-1978%29-perder-la-paciencia.aspx

There doesn't seem to be any handily potted Wikipedia-like summary of their work in any language.


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Subject: RE: Karaxu - Chilean group
From: GUEST,keberoxu
Date: 31 Oct 15 - 08:51 PM

Is Patricio Manns a founding member of Karaxu?

Patricio Manns has had his songs recorded by Inti-Illimani.


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Subject: RE: Karaxu - Chilean group
From: Jack Campin
Date: 31 Oct 15 - 09:23 PM

Yes, he was the person who brought the band together. He was closely associated with Violeta Parra. Lots of details about relationships between different musicians on the Chilean left in Fairley's work - her enthusiasm is catching.


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Subject: RE: Karaxu - Chilean group
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 01 Nov 15 - 04:22 PM

Was he a guest of Pinochet ?


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Subject: RE: Karaxu - Chilean group
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 01 Nov 15 - 04:24 PM

Ah I see that he managed to get out of Chile in time, not so lucky were members of Quimantu.


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