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30 Años
     

30 Años

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by Mercedes Sosa
 
The biggest and most venerated voice in Latin American song belongs to Mercedes Sosa…although she would tell you that in spirit, it belongs to all of the region's people. Indeed, devotees fondly refer to the stout, raven-haired singer as "The Mother of Latin America" and "La Pachamama" (Quechua for "Earth Mother"). Unlike most other nueva cancionistas, the Argentine

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The biggest and most venerated voice in Latin American song belongs to Mercedes Sosa…although she would tell you that in spirit, it belongs to all of the region's people. Indeed, devotees fondly refer to the stout, raven-haired singer as "The Mother of Latin America" and "La Pachamama" (Quechua for "Earth Mother"). Unlike most other nueva cancionistas, the Argentine Sosa is known not for her songwriting but for her intensely personal interpretations of others' material. With a warm, husky contralto that abounds in subtleties, Sosa has all the polish, prowess and majesty of an opera diva, and yet, the heart and soul of a folk troubadour. Her performances, which promote freedom and sympathize with the region's common people, branded her an outlaw in the eyes of Argentina's dictators in the 1970s and she was forced into several years of exile. 30 Años makes the perfect introduction to her music, as it anthologizes all the touchstones of her career at the time of her 30th anniversary as a performer. "Maria, Maria" is a universal declaration of women's rights, with a sing-along contagiousness that would make Woody Guthrie smile. Soft charango (Andean mandolin) and panflutes denote the winds of change on "Toda Cambia," while Sosa accompanies herself with her customary hand drum, the bombo leguero, on the vigorous zamba, "Al Jardín de la República" (To the Garden of the Republic) which pays tribute to her home region of Tucumán. Leon Gieco's blazing duet with Sosa on his anthemic "Solo Le Pido a Dios" is culled from her triumphant homecoming 1982 concert in Buenos Aires; the rising spirits of the crowd are almost palpable as they sing along, fully aware of their country's imminent return to democracy. Covered by Joan Baez and Chavela Vargas, Violeta Parra's "Gracias a la Vida" is perhaps the most rousing theme of all, with its indomitable celebration of life in the face of the most dire circumstances. Find out what makes entire Latin American stadiums wave lighters and candles in tribute to this indefatigable singer of the people with 30 Años.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
One of the best Mercedes Sosa compilations on the market, 30 Años (1993) is loaded with 20 of her greatest hits and goes back three decades to the early days of her recording career. Highlights include "Gracias a la Vida," "La Maza," and "Maria, Maria," to just mention a few of her signature songs. Given its early-'90s release date, 30 Años misses a bunch of her latter-day material but makes up for it with an emphasis on certifiable classics.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/1994
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451878923
catalogNumber:
518789
Rank:
23578

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30 Años 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Sosa is an icon. I can't listen to Luna Tucumana without tearing up. BRILLIANT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
mercedes sosa has always been able to bring inspiration to my life with her music. She touches a place in my soul, and this album is no exception.For that, I thank her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I heard her voice was on a T.V. commercial. I was watching the news with my parents. When I heard her voice I instantly asked "PA WHO IS THAT!?" Of course he told me who it was. I purchased the CD for my dad as a Christmas gift. He loves it. I am a 17 year old American male...not exactly the target market , but I must say I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS ALBUM. She posses's a voice... that is simply not of this earth! There is so much soul and spirit in it that just mesmarises you. When I listen to her music I really feel like I'm making a connection with who I am spiritually and ethnically. An excellent folk album that will leave none displeased!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Sosa has been a musical icon not only in Argentina but in all of Latinamerica for many years. It is only now that she is bringing attention everywhere in the world. Her voice is at its best. She is really a joy to listen too. For all of those who ever get the chance to see her live, don't miss the opportunity!, life will never be the same. I heard her in Boston a few years ago and the experience is hard to describe. She holds the audience completely breathless 'till the end, of course, the audience will not let her get away without at least 3 Encores! Mercedes has also been attacked because of her political ideas, sometimes been called ''communist''. Listen closely and judge yourself...
egipto99 More than 1 year ago
I found this CD of Mercedes Sosa and it is wonderful, her voice is amazing. I'm sure that u will love this CD too!