Que Viva el Canto! Songs and Singers of Chile

Que Viva el Canto! Songs and Singers of Chile

by Rafael Manriquez


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Que Viva el Canto! Songs and Singers of Chile

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2008
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074054925
catalogNumber: 40549
Rank: 116245

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
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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