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An Introduction: La Nueva Canción or El
(The New Song)
La Nueva Canción or El Nuevo Canto (Spanish for 'new song') is a
American music that was developed first in the countries of South
Prominent Nueva Canción musicians faced different and difficult fortunes
during military dictatorships. Víctor
Jara was killed by the Chilean military of General Augosto Pinochet
when the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende was overthrown
with assistance by Henry Kissinger and the U.S. CIA in September 1973. The
Chilean musical ensembles Inti-Illimani and Quilapayun also went into exile, the
Jara (above photo) is one of the
most emblematic of the Nueva Canción musicians. He was murdered following the 1973
Chilean coup d'etat and his music was outlawed. Even some of
the folk instruments, like the quena (Indian flute) and the charango (stringed
instrument often made from the armadillo shell) that were played in
his music were banned.
Due to La Nueva Canción songs' strong political messages, some of them
have been used in recent political campaigns as such Violeta
a la vida which was used in the Orange
Revolution. La Nueva Canción has became part of the Latin American
and Iberian musical movement for freedom, liberty, equality, and social justice.
A list of countries where La
Nueva Cancion took root and flowered during this period.
Characteristics of La Nueva Cancion
"La Nueva Canción" also known as the "New Song
Movement" or "Trova" is a type of protest/social song. Its lyrics
characteristically talk about poverty,
empowerment, the Unidad
rights, and religion.
There are some hundreds of songs with influences from British and American pop
rock that were popular with college youths.
La Nueva Canción largely draws upon Andean
negra, Mexican folk music, Spanish
music and other Latin
American folklore. An important source for La Nueva Canción,
is the Chilean cueca,
a rural song-form.
Chilean coup affected the genre's growth in
Most songs feature the guitar,
and often the quena,
The lyrics are typically in Spanish,
with some indigenous or local words mixed in.
has produced the largest number of Nueva Canción artists, its popularity has
been great in almost all Spanish speaking Latin American countries, and it
enjoyed some popularity in Spain
during the 1970s, where it was initially fueled by the political oppression of
regime. A well-known Spanish group was Agua Viva.
Musicians & Groups
Brazil - Tropicalismo and Música Popular Brasileira
Paraguay - Nuevo Cancionero
Cuba - Nueva Trova
México - Canto Nuevo
Catalunya - Nova Cançó
United States - Nueva Canción
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