Santa Maria de Iquique
This special program explores the bloody 1907 massacre of mine workers in northern Chile. It was an important event in Chilean and Latin American labor history. For decades after there was no official acknowledgment. Finally, in 2007 the government conducted a public commemoration of the centenary, including a day of national mourning. This people’s cantata was composed in 1969 by Luis Advis. Spanish narrator is Hector Duvauchelle. English narrator is Suzanne MacAuley. Produced by David Barsamian as part of his Ganges to the Nile series on KGNU.
Quilapayún, which means 3 beards in Mapuche, was a folk music group from Chile that formed in 1965. They were among the longest-lasting and most influential ambassadors of La Nueva Canción Chilena, the new Chilean song movement. Their rendition of the song “El Pueblo Unido Jamas Sera Vencido” became an anthem of resistance. And their participation in the cantata “Santa Maria de Iquique” was a major artistic contribution to Chilean and Latin American historical awareness.