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by Judy Cantor-Navas

August 23, 2013

Cancion: The Latin Folk Movement

by Judy Cantor-Navas  |  August 23, 2013

Singer-songwriters created the soundtrack to decades of change in Latin America and Spain. Nueva canción, nueva trova and Tropicália all are movements whose socially conscious music made a difference. Chile's Victor Jara and Violeta Parra, Argentina's Mercedes Sosa and others were musical heroes whose songs have lived on to inspire new generations. Cuba's Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanes, Brazil's Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Spain's Joan Manuel Serrat, Panamanian poet Ruben Blades, and like-minded cantautores are now the grandfathers of a musical tradition that matters. Included in the over two hours of music collected here are younger artists, like Carlos Varela and Jorge Drexler, committed to carrying on that tradition of speaking out in song.

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