Cantora features duets with Shakira, Rene (Calle 13), Julieta Venegas, Gustavo Cerati, Daniela Mercury and more

Cantora is the new release from Latin America’s pre-eminent vocalist Mercedes Sosa. Sosa is synonymous with the “nuevo cancioneiro” tradition, a folk music-rooted ‘new songbook’ movement that heralded the emergence of protest music across Argentina and Chile in the 1960s. The doyenne of North American folk music Joan Baez once said of the Argentine singer, “I have never seen anything like her. Mercedes is monumental in stature, a brilliant singer with tremendous charisma who is both a voice and a persona.”

The aptly titled Cantora showcases many of the finest singers from the Latin world along with some of its most revered songwriters. Joining Sosa on 18 newly recorded duets are such luminary voices as Shakira, Julieta Venegas, Rene from Calle 13, Lila Downs, Jorge Drexler, Daniela Mercury, Charly Garcia, Fito Paez, Gustavo Cerati and Joaquin Sabin, among others. Sosa and her admirable array of singing partners tackle material by Violetta Parra, Silvio Rodriguez, Leon Gieco, Victor Heredia, Ruben Blades and Chico Buarque, as well as their own compositions. The track listing of this release is exclusive to the US market.

Born in Tucumán, Argentina in 1935, Sosa began her performing career at age 15 after taking top honors in an amateur singing competition. A rich, expressive vocalist and gifted interpreter, Sosa was dubbed “the voice of the silent majority” for her choice of overtly political material. In 1973, as Argentina’s military dictatorship ascended to power, Sosa’s extensive repertoire of songs that championed human rights and democracy was viewed as a serious political threat. In 1975 she was arrested during a concert performance that also resulted in the incarceration of many audience members. Death threats forced Sosa to leave Argentina in 1979 but she was able to return with a triumphant comeback concert in 1982.

In the years that followed, Mercedes Sosa produced a prodigious output of recordings and collaborated with celebrated international musicians such as Sting, Caetano Veloso, Joan Baez, Gal Costa, Nana Mouskouri, Luciano Pavarotti and Shakira. She has received three Latin Grammy Awards for Best Folk Album in 2000 for Misa Criolla, in 2003 for Acústico, and in 2006 for Corazón Libre.

Sosa has also contributed her music and made on-camera appearances in numerous films. Recently she was featured in the trailer for the 2008 movie “Che”, starring Benicio del Toro. She has earned countless accolades and honors internationally for both her music and her humanitarian work. She currently serves as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

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