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Latin American Protest Songs

24 May 16 - 04:35 PM (#3791962)
Subject: Latin American Protest Songs
From: Joe Offer

Smithsonian/Folkways has a new lesson plan for teaching about Latin American Protest Songs. Looks like an interesting subject to explore.
Anyone have any information on this subject that you can share with us?


24 May 16 - 04:37 PM (#3791963)
Subject: RE: Latin American Protest Songs
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Wonder if they will touch on Chile under Allende?

24 May 16 - 06:12 PM (#3791979)
Subject: RE: Latin American Protest Songs

Or Argentina under Peron?

24 May 16 - 08:01 PM (#3792000)
Subject: RE: Latin American Protest Songs
From: GUEST,Larry the Radio Guy.

Or Cuba under Meyer Lanksy?

25 May 16 - 07:48 AM (#3792073)
Subject: Victor Jara (1932-1973)
From: Joe Offer

I would suppose the best-known Latin American protest singer was Victor Jara (1932-1973). He was a leader in the Nueva Canción 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

Threads: Victor Jara and songs of Chile

25 May 16 - 08:01 AM (#3792074)
Subject: Inti-illimani
From: Joe Offer

Inti-illimani were a group formed in Chile in 1967 by a group of university students. It acquired widespread popularity in Chile for their song Venceremos (We shall win!) which became the anthem of the Popular Unity government of Salvador Allende.
The group was performing in Europe at the time of the coup in September, 1973. They could not return to Chile, so they lived in exile in Italy.

Here's a YouTube Playlist to introduce you to their music.

Threads: Inti-Illimani

25 May 16 - 08:05 AM (#3792075)
Subject: RE: Latin American Protest Songs
From: Joe Offer

There's a Wikipedia article on the Nueva canción movement that will lead you to all sorts of information about Latin American protest songs and singers. the movement began in Chile in the 1960s, and has had a great effect on the music of Latin America and Spain and Portugal.

25 May 16 - 08:15 AM (#3792076)
Subject: Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009)
From: Joe Offer

Another singer who's a favorite of mine is Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009), an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America. A signature song for Mercedes Sosa was Gracias a la vida, written by Chilean musician Violeta Parra

Here's a YouTube playlist

Here's our Obituary thread

25 May 16 - 12:46 PM (#3792118)
Subject: RE: Latin American Protest Songs
From: Monique

Here is the Quilapayún Wiki entry and the Quilapayún website. Their most famous protest song "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido" (1973 video). Some more titles: "Canción del soldado" (Víctor Jara), "Cuando sales de tu casa" (Eduardo Yáñez), "Cueca de la solidaridad" (Eduardo Carrasco), "Dónde están" (Eduardo Carrasco), "El rojo gota a gota irá creciendo" (Eduardo Carrasco/Carrasco & Salinas), "General Prats, Ud. tenía razón" (Eduardo Carrasco/Willy Oddó), "Himno de la CUT" (Sergio Ortega), "La batea" (1975 versión), "Marcha por la unidad" (Eduardo Carrasco / Rodolfo Parada)... There are a few more written by some other people (Violeta Parra, Victor Jara etc.)