Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Mama South America RIP

If the late Miriam Makeba was a musical 'Mama Africa' to that continent's downtrodden and dispossessed, her South American counterpart was certainly Argentina's legendary folk singer Mercedes Sosa, who died at 74 on Sunday. Here's her compelling NYT obit..

She hailed from Argentina's Indian zone in its vast Northwestern desert, a region that contrasts sharply with the immigrant-descended middle class of Buenos Aires. Her left-leaning politics stood up to military dictators who forced her exile in Europe in the late 70s and early 80s. But what remains is her golden voice, soothing but plaintive, a source of support and comfort for hundreds of millions throughout the continent and around the world... Listen and enjoy her live,

Here she is live, many years back singing 'Gracias a La Vida' - thank you to life...

And here she is this year live, performing her signature song, 'Alfonsina y El Mar,' about Argentine poetess Alfonsina Storney's suicidal walk to the sea..

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