Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Isabel Parra - Canciones de Chile (1966)

On September 11, 1973, President Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected Chilean government -  the communist "Unidad Popular" coalition - was overthrown in a bloody coup by General Augusto Pinochet's army. Allende was the world's first democratically-elected Marxist head of state.

Daughter of Violeta Parra, New Chilean song movement's most significant figure, Isabel Parra always lived in a musical environment. At the age of 13, the artist made her debut record, with her mother playing guitar. In 1964, along with her brother Angel Parra, she founded Peña de los Parra, which became an important meeting place for people related to local culture. Upon the coup d’état orchestrated by General Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Isabel was forced to flee the imminent persecution of military rule, and therefore lived in exile for many years in France and Argentina. Ironically, in 1988, her contribution to Chilean culture and folklore was recognized with a Golden Laurel award. Daughter Tita Parra is also a singer, and now this rich musical tradition is being transferred to yet another generation of Parras, with grandson Antar Parra, representative of the fourth generation of musicians in the Parra family tree.
Isabel Parra - Canciones de Chile
(320 kbps, cover art included)

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