Facundo Cabral, the great Argentine protest singer was brutally murdered by Guatemalan guerillas on Saturday while on tour. He was 74. In the USA we tend to think that protest begins (and for some of us, ends) with Bob Dylan, but Cabral was a source of optimism, of protest, and of a newly imagined world during the darkest days of dictatorships and repression in Latin America.
His music and concerts were part spoken word, part seance, part music, and part social justice. Exiled from Argentina in 1976, he only returned after the fall of the military dictatorship in 1984. His first success was the breath-taking “No Soy de Aquí, ni Soy de Allá” (“I’m Not From Here, I’m Not From There”).
A rough translation:
(Thanks to YY.)