“Violeta Parra was Chilean.”
Mercedes Sosa, known as the Voice of Latin America, didn’t need to say anything else to introduce the songwriter at one of her most famous concerts; Violeta Parra has always reflected the essence of Chile.
Parra was a singer, songwriter, poet, visual artist and ethnomusicologist who dedicated her life to register, show and create Chilean’s folk art. She travelled all around her country gathering more than 3,000 traditional countryside Chilean songs. By starting a movement that was called Nueva Canción Chilena (Chilean’s New Song), she reinvented Chilean folk music. She also had her visual art showed in the Louvre Museum and her songs heard all around Europe during her tours in that continent.
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