Next 23rd of March Jova Bagioli Reyes will explore the protest music and politics of Chile and perform key songs from Chilean history during a free, online event.
This event is made possible by the efforts of the School of Integration in Manchester UK, which is “a project initiated by activist and artist Tania Bruguera, highlighting the experiences of immigrants, critically questioning the terms ‘migrant’ and ‘integration’, inventing new terminologies and celebrating the power of human movement.”
We have covered before the long awaited justice brought forth for the family and memory of legendary Chilean protest singer Victor Jara who was murdered at the hands of the Pinochet army in 1973.
Jara left behind a great repertory of protest songs, some of which have had a lasting effect on the Chilean people. Along with Violeta Parra, Mercedes Sosa and others, he was part of the Nueva Canción, a musical genre and a social movement.
Today the Chilean people unite by singing those same songs that protest musicians created so many years ago as seen in the videos below. More than a million people have been recorded marching in the past days and already it seems it has had an effect on the president’s cabinet.
In the capital, Santiago, a curfew was initiated on the 19th of October. This did not keep people from raising their voice in protest. A soprano by the name of Ayleen Jovita Romero was recorded singing “El derecho de vivir en paz”, (The right to live in peace) by Victor Jara, from a balcony. Her voice can be heard reverberating between the buildings as the streets below are quiet.
During the 1973 coup in Chile, when dictator Augusto Pinochet was placed in power, thousands of citizens were detained and some were tortured, and others murdered, while in custody at the National Stadium of Chile. Among those was poet, musician and professor Victor Jara. For decades his partner, dancer and activist Joan Jara, has been fighting for justice. Finally on July 3rd, 2018, the Chilean Judiciary Power declared that 9 retired members of the Chilean military have been sentenced for the murder of Jara.
While in exile, Joan released a song that belonged to an album Victor was working on before he got detained and consequently murdered. In Manifesto Victor sings:
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