Let me introduce you to Mercedes Sosa, a revered Argentine heroine. She was a political folksinger who few of my friends know about….
When you are in exile, you take your suitcase, but there are things that don’t fit. There are things in your mind, like colors and smells and childhood attitudes, and there is also the pain and the death you saw. Mercedes Sosa, July 9, 1935 – October 4, 2009
Born on Argentina’s Independence Day, at the age of 15, she won a radio contest for her singing. In the 1960s, she co-founded Argentina’s folk/political Nueva Canción/New Song Movement, for which singers were censored and incarcerated. In 1979, she was arrested while singing at a concert. For the next three years, she was exiled.
Here, with English subtitles, she sings, “Gracias a la Vida/Thanks to Life”…
Read more about Mercedes and see more photos of her here.
Who are some of your favorite heroines?