Thursday, August 23, 2007

Victor Jara

From Chile to Israel , from Sudan to Ivory Coast there's always a voice that cries louder and stays forever!

World: Americas

'They couldn't kill his songs'

Victor Jara: one of the founders of the popular 'New Song' movement

The widow and friends of the Chilean folk singer Victor Jara mark the 25th anniversary of his murder with a series of events including a concert at London's Royal Festival Hall and the release of the first CD with his songs.

Mark Coles on the 25th anniversary of the murder of Victor Jara
Victor Jara was 38 when he died.

In the 1960s he wrote songs of protest against the ruling elite of his country.

He was one of the founding fathers of Chile's 'New Song' movement which in 1970 helped elect the democratic popular unity government of Salvador Allente. As a result Chile's right wing hated him.

Four days of torture

[ image: Victor Jara:
Victor Jara: "Silence and screams are the end of my song"
On 11 September 1973 Victor Jara had been due to sing in the Santiago University.

Instead, with the coup of General Augusto Pinochet, underway, he was arrested and led to Santiago's boxing stadium.

Over four days he was tortured, beaten, electrocuted, his hands and wrists broken, before finally being machine-gunned to death, at the age of 38.

His widow, Joan, says his body was thrown to the street, and was later found in the morgue "among lots and lots of anonymous bodies" that she saw that day.

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