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Latino Daily News

Wednesday October 13, 2010

Watch “Rage Against the Machine” Play a Song for the Chilean Miners (BILINGUAL)

Rage Against the Machine front man Zack de la Rocha apologized for his rusty Spanish before announcing to the crowd at the “Maquinaria Festival” celebrated in Santiago, Chile “We have a message, for the miners of San Juan.” Then, accompanied by the band, he performed in Spanish “The Song of the Miner” by Chilean poet Victor Jara.

Jara was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. In the field of music, he played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government.

Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested, tortured and ultimately shot to death by machine gun fire. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice across Latin America.

En Español

La banda Californiana “Rage Against the Machine” le rindió en el “Maquinaria Festival” celebrado el pasado fin de semana en la ciudad de Santiago de Chile, un pequeño tributo a los mineros atrapados en la mina de San Juan. Acompañado por la banda, Zack de la Rocha, voz líder declamó el poema “La canción del minero” del poeta y revolucionario Chileno Victor Jara.

Jara fué un profesor, director de teatro, poeta, cantautor y activista politico Chileno. En el ámbito musical, jugó un rol coyuntural en desarrollar junto a artistas neo-folkloricos la “Nueva Canción Chilena”, movimiento que empezó una revolución en la musica popular bajo el gobierno de Salvador Allende. Tras el brutal golpe de estado del 11 de Septiembre del ‘73, Jara fue detenido, torturado por al menos una semana y finalmente masacrado por miembros de la cúpula militar encabezada por Augusto Pinochet. El contraste entre los temas de amor, paz y justicia social, y las absurdas circunstancias de su homicidio, transformaron la memoria de Jara en un símbolo de la lucha por los derechos humanos en América Latina.


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