Radical Records: Violeta Parra, Chilean Musician and Activist

Violeta Parra was a Chilean folklorist, composer and guitar player, visual artist and social activist, whose songs and life have inspired and influenced two generations of folk-singers and political activists, including Mercedes Sosa, Joan Baez, Ani Difranco and Billy Bragg.

Wikipedia has a very useful entry on her here and there is also a fairly comprehensive discography (in English) of her work available online.

An invaluable selection of her work is available for download – the site is in Spanish but is reasonably easy to comprehend. For an introduction to Violeta’s music, I encourage you to listen to “Violeta Parra: Antología”

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