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Patricio Manns, one of the most recognized voices in Chilean popular music, died this Saturday at the age of 84.
Manns was an important figure in the endurance during the military government of Augusto Pinochet.
The singer-songwriter died in a clinic in the Valparaíso region, after being hospitalized for a month after suffering a decompensation, as confirmed by his relatives.
Manns was one of the most prominent authors and interpreters of the Nueva Canción Chilena, a cultural movement that marked the decades of the 60s and 70s in Chile.
Like many other members of this folkloric movement, Manns had to go into exile after the coup d’état with which Augusto Pinochet overthrew Salvador Allende in 1973.
Manns, a native of Nacimiento, in the southern region of Biobío, is the author of several hymns of Chilean folklore, like “Arriba en la Cordillera”, “El cautivo de Tiltil” and “Llego volar”.
“With the images of Violeta Parra and Víctor Jara as immeasurable sources, [Manns] establishes the figure of restless singer-songwriter, of the man who searches among folklore, the New Song, the Latin American songbook, poetry and even some avant-garde typical of the time, “says the newspaper La Tercera in the artist’s obituary.
“In fact, the figure of the singer-songwriter helped consolidate in Chile thanks to Manns’ footprint, “says the newspaper.
In addition, it also leaves a written work of historical novel, essay and journalism that earned him national and international recognition.
Wrote the novel The night on the trail, with which he won the prize of the Society of Writers of Chile in 1967; and he is also the author of Good night the shepherds, Violeta Parra: the indócil guitar, Mortae Curriculum and Marusia Actas.
Manns’ artistic work was accompanied by a political militancy That led him to commit deeply to the government of the Popular Unity of Salvador Allende, according to the website of the National Library of Chile.
With the arrival of the military to powerManns went into exile in Cuba and then in France, where in 1974 he published “The songs of the resistance”.
In Europe he recorded emblematic songs such as “Palimpsesto” and “Vuelvo”, together with the group You are Illimani.
In 1990, with the return of democracy, Manns returned to Chile and settled in Viña del Mar.
Currently, Manns worked in a autobiography which he hoped to publish in the coming months, according to La Tercera.
The French-Chilean singer Anita Tijoux lamented the death of Manns, of whom she said was “the author who made wings to freedom “.
“You will continue to sprout in each one of us. Thank you a thousand times. Bouquets of applause and feelings of loved #patriciomanns,” the artist wrote on her Twitter.
For her part, Consuelo Valdés, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, referred to Manns as “an outstanding composer and inspiring of generations “.
“It is impossible to separate Patricio Manns from the history of Chilean music … we will remember him with affection and gratitude for having enriched the heritage and musical memory of our country,” the minister wrote on Twitter.
Jorge Coulon, a member of Inti Illimani, lamented the death of Manns, stating that “from today we will begin to know and recognize the enormity of his work“, according to El Mostrador.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.