This disc encompasses songs from many parts of South America, including Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and of course, Chile. It includes traditional folk songs about life on the cotton fields (el cosechero – the harvester), melancholy love songs which convey the hardship of people’s lives and their dreams (los paraguas de Buenos Aires) and songs which celebrate the joy of dance and music. There are also political songs which stemmed from a continental surge of social change, revolution and repression. Notably the opening number Hasta siempre comandante, a tribute to Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara’s life and work and the heart rendering Las últimas palabras, composed using the words of Salvador Allende’s last presidential speech before his death in 1973. An excerpt from the speech – broadcast live on radio – is included at the end of the track.
Listen to samples from ‘Senderos’
Hasta siempre, comandante
Zamba de la candelaria