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"Mercedes Sosa was the most loved Latin-American singer of her generation; “La Negra” championed the rights of the poor, the forgotten and the dispossessed. To view her performances is to be transformed and transported and to realize the authority of truth. Sosa fought oppression, brutality, lies, and tyranny with a voice that was strong and a personality that was without artifice" - Huffington Post, Georgianne Nienaber
Hailing from the Argentine province of Tucumán, Mercedes Sosa embodied the soulful idealism of leftist politics, which she expressed as leader of the nueva canción movement through a rich repertoire seeped in folk and militant protest songs. Her delicate vocalizing — ever so tender, but also anchored on incorruptible valor — turned Violeta Parra’s ode to life “Gracias a La Vida” into an intimate anthem. Censored at home and forced into exile during Argentina’s dictatorship of the late 1970s, Sosa became an international concert attraction, beaming onstage like a South American Mother Earth. Her last album before passing in 2009, Cantora, found her singing duets in the company of appropriately awestruck younger stars. -E.L.