Víctor Jara

Andean music, Composer

1932 – 1973

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Who was Víctor Jara?

Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, political activist and member of the Communist Party of Chile. A distinguished theatre director, he devoted himself to the development of Chilean theatre, directing a broad array of works from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of Ann Jellicoe. Simultaneously he developed in the field of music and played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric artists who established the Nueva Canción Chilena movement which led to a revolution in the popular music of his country under the Salvador Allende government. Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, he was arrested, tortured and ultimately shot dead. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a symbol of struggle for human rights and justice worldwide.

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Born
Sep 28, 1932
Lonquén
Also known as
  • Victor Jara
  • Jara, Víctor
Spouses
Religion
  • Catholicism
Ethnicity
  • Chilean people
Nationality
  • Chile
Profession
Education
  • University of Chile
Lived in
  • Chillán
Died
Sep 15, 1973
Santiago
Resting place
Cementerio General de Santiago

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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