Mercedes Sosa

Genres: Electronic & Ambient Latin
Tags: argentina folk latin female vocalists world folklore Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 July 1935, San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, of mixed French and Quechua (indigenous) ancestry. Referred to as ‘La Voz de la Gente’ (The Voice of the People), ‘La Pachamama’ (Quechua for Earth Mother) or simply ‘La Negra’, for her raven-black hair and donning of dark ponchos, Mercedes Sosa is one of Latin America’s most venerated singers. Unlike most other figures of ‘nueva canción’ (new song), Sosa is known not for her own songwriting, but rather her intensely personal interpretations of others’ material. She has all the polish, prowess and majesty of an opera diva and the heart and soul of a folk troubadour. Such a singular blend of qualities has allowed Sosa to develop an extensive repertoire and perform with such diverse artists as Joan Baez, Luciano Pavarotti, Silvio Rodríguez, and Sting.

Sosa and her late husband Manuel Oscar Matus emerged as performers in the...

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