Music is at the heart of the Chilean character and people. La Nueva Canción (New Song) was a folk revival that emerged in the 1960s and reconnected the country to its indigenous and musical roots. Its lyrics were socially conscious and became the soundtrack of the left for decades.
Led by Violeta Parra, others soon followed, Inti Illimani, Quilapayún, Victor Jara and Violeta’s own children, Angel and Isabel.
And of course there’s La Cueca...
- Huayno – Margarita Salazar (from the Hora Chilena soundtrack) and Iain Man set the mood before Hora Chilena plays at the Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2014
- La Partida, Victor Jara's song played by his good friends, Inti Illmani, the opening track on Hora Chilena
- The Cachimbo Tarapaqueño, a traditional dance from the very north of Chile, sung here by Héctor Pavez and danced to in Hora Chilena
- Inti Illimani's jaunty El mercado de Testaccio, a celebration of Rome and a new life