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Victor Jara- The man they couldn't silence. by Carlos-the-G Victor Jara- The man they couldn't silence. by Carlos-the-G
Victor Jara. A man whose songs were filled with fiery passion for justice, idealism, love of freedom and heart breaking tenderness.

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Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (September 28, 1932 – September 16, 1973) 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 (New Chilean Song) 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 to death with 44 bullet shots by machine gun fire. 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 across Latin America.

Fellow political prisoners have testified that his captors mockingly suggested that he play guitar for them as he lay on the ground with broken hands. Defiantly, he sang part of "Venceremos" (We Will Win), a song supporting the Popular Unity coalition.

Although the military regime managed to burn the vast majority of master recordings of Jara's music, Joan Jara managed to sneak recordings out of Chile, which were later copied and distributed worldwide.
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Love both the artwork and your description: "A man whose songs were filled with fiery passion for justice, idealism, love of freedom and heart breaking tenderness."

Victor Jara's story always both depresses and impresses me.
Me gusta muchismo. No puedo olvidarme cuando mi papa ponia sus discos y yo los escuchaba. Una gran poesia en sus letras.
that is fantastic big fan of his work myself. They broke the bones in both his hands they beat him around the head tortured him with a electric wires then they shot him dead
Naivara Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are australian, how you know of Victor Jara :heart: ???
i must say he is my favortite singer of my country, i love all hes work : )

beautiful work for him : )
Carlos-the-G Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Soy tan Australiano como sopaipillas y empanadas!

Estoy feliz que te gusto la imagen del victor! (^_^)b
Naivara Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
eres chileno residente! seguro XD

esta precioso el trabajo, me encanta ver cosas de Victor y Chile por estos lugares.
As a fellow Chilean, I can respect him, and his outcries against Pinochet.
Carlos-the-G Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, he really wasn't singing against Pinochet. He was killed 5 days after Pinochet took power. His songs became highly illegal under Pinochet, though.
Ah, I meant the brutal regimes of the time, honestly, his name is just what came to mind first. XP
Carlos-the-G Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh... actually, Pinochet was the first brutal regime in Chile (that I know of). Chile always had a tradition of stable, democratic governments until, you know, the CIA and Nixon decided that no one can have too much of a good thing.
What Chile always had, and still does, is massive social inequality. Currently 10 percent of the country holds over 40% of the wealth... and it's never been this good!
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