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Coral Campopiano: a life of dreams and struggle

With a brilliant musical career in the United States, Coral Campopiano returned to the country and drives a campaign against gender-based violence.

If anything we can say about  Coral Campopiano  is that he was the architect of his own destiny. Making decisions that might be contrary to what anyone else would have done, he made his way in 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 struggle for which he wants to go very far:  the fight against all kinds of violence.  Especially gender-based violence: “Today there are so many ways to make a partner or establish a bond that can become violent, that I found it productive to open the spectrum.”

Coral Campopiano today is at  the forefront of “The signal of help”,  an initiative that emerged as a way to assist women who are experiencing violence in their homes, especially in the context of quarantine. “The campaign I'm initially driving was to  make a gesture that, in a video call, could let the person who was seeing you know that you were in a situation of violence in your 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 replied the campaign in the country to give victims a tool to tell their situation without the aggressor notice.

But Coral went further: " I filed a bill to extend the signal, to make it a sign of help in any situation or place . We want that sign to be universally universally and to be a 'body 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 passed in the Buenos Aires Legislature and is about to pass to the Senate.”

The campaign is accompanied by a song of his, “ Phosphorescente ”, which talks about the theme: “The song that accompanies the campaign also speaks of those moments of violence that many times women live in relationships, without realizing it, and how But the sun rises when we can see how bad we were and we take cards on the matter. When we ask for help is when we take charge or can react to what is happening to us”, synthesizes the singer. “Phosphorescent” shall be declared of National Cultural Interest.

 A very expensive price for love 

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 I have been emotional,   economic and very submissioned  . 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 door bothers your shine and indirectly seeks to remove it from you. Because that person starts to feel more opaque because of your brightness, rather than feeding on him, nourishing himself. There are many ways to be violent with each other. We women tend to overadapt,  tend to pay very expensive for love , not to know how to set limits. And the truth is, it's no use. We 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 exit .”

 Your own way 

Coral Campopiano had, from a very young girl, what many others dream about. With an innate talent for music and acting,  he began his musical career at age 13 , when he signed his first record contract with Sony BMG and recorded the album  Salir a caminar . “I was very well here, I was signed with BMG, I was making novels in Pol-Ka, it was one of those  teenagers  that are promise of success.  But I didn't want to be a product on TV or record label,   I wanted to have my own identity  ,” he tells us.

That was how, very young, he decided to go try his 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 it wasn't, and I went 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 that I had a huge perspective there, much bigger than here, and decided to stay.”

His decision, however, surprised more than one, especially because of her status as a woman. “When I started so little girl they really looked at me with a face that I was crazy thinking that I was going to be able to make a career in music without being the daughter of a music producer or not having been with Cris Morena or without being a girlfriend of some emerging producer. I remember Fernando Blanco, who was Adrián Suar's partner in Polka, said to me, 'Why are you going to New York if you have work here, you have everything here? ' It seemed crazy to him, everybody thought it was crazy.  I think they thought that, because I was a woman and girl, I wouldn't be able to fix them , as if I already had everything lost because I was a woman and being young,” recalls Coral.

However, she was encouraged and learned a lot along the way: “Going outside gave me street, gave me a curse, gave me a fight. He gave me to understand that the artist is not a television girl who sings two notes and says “I love you”, “miss you”, “come back.”  The artist is a person who goes through everything and, like that and everything, continues to choose 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 her day by day and listen 'no' everywhere, and so and all keep wanting to go home 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, studied non-stop singing, composed with amazing people, 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 enjoyed it enormously. The challenge was to get my visa, win the silver 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 ,” she closes.

 On a par with the stars 

When Coral tells the names of the people he was lucky enough to meet and work with them during his career, any of us seems like a film. “ 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 struck me. I was shocked by their humility, by their generosity. Also Herbie Hancock, Mark Whitfield, the whole band Björk, Santana... pouf, 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 once played for the opening party of the Super Bowl . 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, who listened to it from afar. They were testing sound because, when the Super Bowl was over, they were going to be there to play people when they went out on the street. And I just sat there listening to them and I said, 'How nice these people sound. ' I came 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.”

 Go home 

At this point, you will surely be wondering:  why did he return to Argentina if he had a life in the United States and a successful career?   We also asked him: “He prompted me to return to my country that missed people, I missed the affection, the warmth that we Argentines have, the empathy, the good vibes. My friends, my brothers. I always came back thinking about keeping my New York alive, and my United States alive, which I did so far. This is the first time that, because of the pandemic, I haven't been going for 5 months, but I'm always in touch and I always go four times a year. So, in that sense, I wasn't weighing too much on my return. But I  really missed people and wanted to have a career in my house,  I wanted 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, for Coral Campopiano, to be Argentinean? : “ 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 people, very fighting, very suffering. Maybe very bothered by so much suffering. We hide suffering through arrogance, which is a horror, but I think it happens.  But deep down we are people with a lot of desire and enthusiasm that things can be better  and that we are going to be able to change them. I think we all dream about it. And hopefully so.”

Coral Campopiano is a woman who was always after her dreams, without hesitation. Something that many don't dare to do: “To those who don't cheer up I would tell 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, we must honor every day we have on this earth . Honoring him is listening to us, knowing what moves us, what is important, what makes us good, what will beautify us as people, and to look for that, fight for it, going towards that, which is where our light is. In addition, where we are most 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 cutest is what we can give. That means we help the world be a better place when we're happier with us. And one's personal joy is found when one is doing what you want to do and you like to do. So, first of all, you have to find that, what we are passionate about, that we are excited, and not kick it.  Not to live to survive, you have to live to honor every day .”

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