Sunday, October 04, 2009

Νάνι Μερθέντες

Mercedes Sosa- "La Negra" or "The Voice of the Voiceless"- has been an emblematic figure in many aspects.
She had set her firm foundation on the folk musical tradition of her country (Argentina) and became a voice of innovation. She stood by the youth, she supported new artists.
She was politically conscious and a fighter against oppression during the gloomy years of successive dictatorships. She got arrested in 1979 on stage along with people from the audience. Nueva Cancion represented a disturbance: most of genuine art becomes a disturbance.
She died last night in Buenos Aires.
I will miss her face behind her big glasses.
Here is a sample of her collaboration with Maria Farantouri, a lullaby by Manos Hadjidakis and Nikos Gatsos (a translated poem of F.G. Lorca). Her accent is great and the tone is superb.

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