Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Voice of the Voiceless

During the 70's and 80's several Latin American countries endured tumultuous political movements - military-run governments in these states clamped down on freedom of speech and held a very tight grip over the media. As often happens in these situations, great musicians tried to address these situations with their art. In the case of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and other countries, Mercedes Sosa, "La Negra," played an important role as the "voice of the voiceless." To the dismay of her many fans, Sosa died last Sunday. To mourn the loss of a beautiful voice and the creator of the Free Song movement, the YouTube community has been watching and sharing some of her greatest songs.

Mercedes Sosa was a great artist who used her amazing voice to represent and fight for the people living during those hard times.

-- Posted by Ricardo Blanco, YouTube Communcations Latin America, lately watched "¡Gracias a la Vida! Mercedes Sosa in Israel"


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