Que Viva el Canto! Songs and Singers of Chile

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Singer and multi-instrumentalist though primarily a guitarist Rafael Manriquez performs 25 songs from various strands of Chilean folk music on Que Viva el Canto! Songs and Singers of Chile. Though there are some traditional songs here, he emphasizes covers of contemporary folk compositions by Chilean writers and performers of the last half century Victor Jara being the most internationally famous of these, as well as doing a few of his own. It's hard to assess the musical merit of Manriquez's interpretations without access to original or older versions, whether by the songwriters or other performers -- material with which relatively few listeners outside of Chile ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Singer and multi-instrumentalist though primarily a guitarist Rafael Manriquez performs 25 songs from various strands of Chilean folk music on Que Viva el Canto! Songs and Singers of Chile. Though there are some traditional songs here, he emphasizes covers of contemporary folk compositions by Chilean writers and performers of the last half century Victor Jara being the most internationally famous of these, as well as doing a few of his own. It's hard to assess the musical merit of Manriquez's interpretations without access to original or older versions, whether by the songwriters or other performers -- material with which relatively few listeners outside of Chile will be familiar. However, Manriquez does have a pleasant emotive delivery, and the arrangements, while on the plaintive side, are varied, as the singer's backed by a number of other musicians occasionally sharing the vocals as well on numerous instruments including flute, accordion, saxophone, and harp. The songs cover both explicitly political topics and more everyday and romantic concerns, so the record can be seen as an introductory survey of sorts of several areas of Chilean folksong. As is par for the course on Smithsonian Folkways CD, there's a sizable accompanying booklet in English and Spanish with an overview of the Chilean folk music profiled on the CD and a bio of Manriquez, along with comments about the sources and lyrics of each of the songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2008
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074054925
  • Catalog Number: 40549
  • Sales rank: 262,064

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rafael Manriquez Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Bombo, Charango, tiple
Juan Hernández Guitar
Hector Pavez Guitar, Vocals
Sergio Gómez Accordion
Hugo Gonzalez Vocals, Guitarron
Rafael Manriquez Guitar, Vocals, Bombo, Charango, tiple, Zampona
Jorge Tapia Quena, Quenacho, Mocena
Luis Zepeda Guitar
Claudio Araya Charango
Eduardo Peralta Guitar, Vocals
Marcos Acevedo Guitar, Vocals, Bombo
Marcia Valdivieso Vocals
Juanito Rios Pandeiro
Jose Manuel Manriquez Vocals
Jenisse Diaz Guitar, Vocals
Ingrid Rubis Vocals
Francisco Araya Quena
David Léon Harp
Pedro Yanez Vocals
David Barrows Saxophone
Ariel Medina Flute
Technical Credits
Victor Jara Composer
Violeta Parra Composer
Juan Hernández Arranger
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Pete Reiniger Engineer
Hector Pavez Arranger
Rafael Manriquez Producer, Concept, Annotation, Biographical Information
Alfonso Perez Engineer
Patricio Manns Composer
Carlos Ulloa Composer
D.A. Sonneborn Executive Producer
Eduardo Peralta Composer
Daniel Sheehy Concept, Audio Production, Biographical Information
Emily Pinkerton Introduction, Annotation
Carolina Santamaría Delgado translation
Marcos Acevedo Arranger
Rafael Manriquez Audio Production
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