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With a brilliant musical career in the United States, Coral Campopiano returned to the country and promoted a campaign against gender violence.
If we can say anything about Coral Campopiano , it is that he was the architect of his own destiny. Making decisions that might run counter to what anyone else would have done, he made his way into music through talent, work and perseverance. Today, he chose to return to his country, when he had a successful career in the United States, and joined a fight for which he wants to go very far: the fight against all kinds of violence. Especially gender violence : “Today there are so many ways to make a couple or establish a bond that can become violent, that I found it productive to open spectrum”.
Coral Campopiano today is at the forefront of “The sign of help”, an initiative that emerged as a way to assist those women who are experiencing situations of violence in their homes, especially in the context of quarantine. “The campaign I'm initiating was to make a gesture that, in a video call, could let the person watching you know that you were in a situation of violence at home,” says Coral. The original idea was from the Canadian Women's Foundation. Along with other Argentine artists and journalists — such as Natalia Oreiro, Gloria Carrá, Débora D'Amato, Sandra Borghi, Débora Plager and Laura Fidalgo — Coral replicated the campaign in the country to give victims a tool to tell them about their situation without aggressor noticed.
But Coral went further: " I presented a bill to extend the signal, to make it a sign of help in any situation or place . We want that sign to be universalized and a 'corporal SOS. ' That we can carry the signal with us all the time and that the security forces know how to react when they see something like that. The bill has already been approved in the Buenos Aires City Legislature and is about to pass to the Senate.”
The campaign is accompanied by a song of her, “ Fosphorescent ”, which talks about the theme: “The song that accompanies the campaign also speaks of those moments of violence that women often experience while in relationships, without realizing that, and how; so the sun rises when we can see how bad we were and take action on the matter. When we ask for help is when we take over or we can react to what is happening to us”, summarizes the singer. “Fosphorescent” will be declared of National Cultural Interest.
Coral embarked on this struggle, because she herself experienced situations of this kind in the past: “ I have not been in situations of physical violence, but emotional, economic and very submission . It's the ugliest state in the world when you have to stop being who you are, when you can't shine so much because the person next to you is bothered by your shine and indirectly seeks to take it off. Because that person starts to feel more dull because of your shine, instead of feeding on it, feeding on it. There are many ways to be violent with each other. We women tend to overadapt, we tend to pay very dearly for love , not knowing how to set the limits. And the truth is, it's no good. You don't have to miss one in any kind of violence. And you have to open up if possible, denounce if possible, and look for the sun. Find the way out .”
Coral Campopiano had, from a very young age, what many others dream about. With an innate talent for music and acting, he began his musical career at the age of 13 , when he signed his first record contract with Sony BMG and recorded the album Salir a Caminar . “I was very good here, I was signed with BMG, I was doing novels in Pol-Ka, I was one of those teenagers that are a promise of success. But I didn't want to be a TV product or a record label, I wanted to have my own identity ,” he tells us.
That was how, very young, she decided to go to try her luck outside the country: “I left the country disappointed by a contract I had signed with BMG, which painted to be the contract of my life and was not, and I left a little dismissed. Unknowingly, I found my career and my future in America . I went on vacation and when I started playing, I got a lot of work and realized I had a huge perspective there, much bigger than here, and I decided to stay.”
His decision, however, surprised more than one, especially because of his status as a woman. “When I started so little they really looked at me with the face that I was crazy thinking I was going to be able to make a career in music without being the daughter of a music producer or having been with Cris Morena or not being the girlfriend of some emerging producer. I remember Fernando Blanco, who was Adrian Suar's partner in Polka, said to me, 'Why are you going to New York if you have a job here, you have everything here?'. He thought it was crazy, everyone thought it was crazy. I think they thought that, because I was a woman and a girl, I wouldn't be able to manage it, as if I already had everything lost to being a woman and being young,” says Coral.
However, he was encouraged and learned a lot on the way: “Going outside gave me the street, gave me a cure, gave me a fight. He gave me the impression that the artist is not a TV girl who sings two notes and says “I love you”, “I miss you”, “come back”. The artist is a person who goes through everything and still chooses to be an artist. It is very easy to consider yourself an artist when you have a contract and everything served. It's very different when you have to fight it day by day and listen to 'no' everywhere, and still want to go back to your house and compose. And find love, peace and happiness in creation,” he says.
In the United States, she had the opportunity to train and work with great world stars: “I studied a lot, I graduated as an actress, I studied singing nonstop, I composed with amazing people, I played in the best places. It was a lot of work, but every day I saw how it grew and how one door opened, the other, and I enjoyed it enormously. The challenge was to get my visa, win the money by doing what I wanted to do, never do anything other than music, I had that very clear. It was a beautiful adventure, I would repeat it millions of times ,” he closes.
When Coral tells the names of the people he was lucky enough to meet and work with during his career, it seems like a film to any of us. “ David Bowie struck me, Michael Jackson, Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Phil Ramone and Joe Blaney, who are superproducers, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Iggy pop, Lou Reed, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood ... those are the ones that hit me. I was shocked by his humility, by his generosity. Also Herbie Hancock, Mark Whitfield, the whole band Björk, Santana... poof, so many people! Joss Stone, who is a goddess, beautiful, good people. John Legend, Dido, Norah Jones... divine, all divine,” he says.
Of course, among so many stars, there are plenty of anecdotes. We asked him to tell us one of them: “ I played for the opening party of the Super Bowl once . When I finished playing, I went for a walk, while everyone was in the house watching the game, because I didn't care. I ran into a band that listened to her from afar. They were testing sound because, when the Super Bowl was over, they were going to be there to touch people when they went out on the street. And I just sat there listening to them and said, “How nice these people sound.” I went up and said to the singer, 'Che, how nice they sound, I love it, what are they called?'. And he says, “ Do you like it, really? We are new: we are Coldplay' . And we stayed talking to Chris Martin for a long time, I gave him a record of mine. And recently I saw him again and he remembered that moment. That was a very nice thing.”
At this point, you will surely be wondering: why did you return to Argentina if you had a life in the United States and a successful career? That's what we asked him: “It prompted me to return to my country that missed people, missed affection, the warmth we Argentines have, empathy, the good vibes. My friends, my brothers. I always came back thinking about keeping my New York alive, and my America alive, which I did until now. This is the first time that, because of the pandemic, I haven't been there for five months, but I'm always in touch and I always go four times a year. So, in that sense, I didn't weigh much back. But I missed people a lot and I wanted to have a career at home, I wanted to be able to be here and work and share everything I had learned outside, which is a lot. I wanted to be here with my people.”
What does it mean, then, to Coral Campopiano, to be Argentine?: “ Being an Argentine is a lot of things. I think we have the most complex idiosyncrasy in the whole world. But at the same time we are very talented, very fighting, very suffering. Maybe very prepotent for so much suffering. We hide suffering through arrogance, which is a horror, but I think it happens. But deep down we are people very eager and very excited that things can be better and that we will be able to change them. I think we all dreamed about it. And I hope so.”
Coral Campopiano is a woman who always went after her dreams, without hesitation. Something many don't want to do: “To those who don't cheer up, I would say that life doesn't make sense if we don't go for our dreams . That you can't live to eat, go to the bathroom and go to work and come back. That's not living, that's surviving. To live you have to honor life, you have to honor every day we have on this earth . Honoring him is listening to us, knowing what moves us, what is important, what does us good, what will beautify us as people, and looking for that, fighting for it, going towards that, which is where our light is. In addition, where we are more in harmony with our dreams and closer to our dreams is where the best people we are, where the best version of ours is seen and where the nicest is what we can give. That is, we help the world to be a better place when we are happier with us. And personal joy is found when you are doing what you want to do and like to do. So, first of all, we have to find that, that which we are passionate about, that excites us, and not kick it. Not to live to survive, you have to live to honor each day .”
Publication Date: 20/09/2020
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