I am sad to announce the Mercedes Sosa, a beloved Argentinian folk singer and political activist, died over the weekend at the age of 74. So great has been her cultural impact, that the the Argentinian government decreed three days of national mourning. She has been known as the "Voice of Latin America" and the "Voice of the Voiceless", often commenting on the political turmoil and its victims.
Indeed the "government qualified Mercedes Sosa as 'an unquestionable icon of Argentine music', adding that she 'was always in favor of social compromise', a 'true giver', showing 'intellectual honesty' and 'a fierce defender of human rights and fair causes'." (Buenos Aires Herald)
Mercedes Sosa was one of the early protest singers in her region, a pivotal force in what came to be known as the Nuevo Cancionero movement. If you are not familiar with Mercedes Sosa's work, check out her rendition of Gracias a La Vida, one of the most moving interpretations of the poem by Chilean poet Violeta Parra or the
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