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An impenetrable triangle composed of music , tradition and conscience . That is the recipe that Father Julián Zinni used to conquer the artistic world until the end of his days. That is why on August 16 , the news of his death struck strongly. He was 80 years old and struggling with an oncological condition that managed to turn off his voice . The demands for the improvement of the land that saw it grow were not enough to save him. But his legacy was evidenced in each of the words intended to remember him throughout the country.
Zinni's career was entirely dedicated to language and the coastal song book with folk root. Also, in its lyrics there are components that represent the customs of the region, as well as popular culture r. In addition, it was highlighted by a strong commitment to memory , identity and social justice . Issues that it considered essential to eradicate the oppression and poverty suffered for decades by the town in Correntino and Guarani .
In 1967 he formed the Third World Priests Movement with Miguel Ramondetti, Osvaldo Catena, Domingo Bresci and Luis Farinello, among others. Three years later and based in the city of Mercedes , Misiones , he created his first musical ensemble . It was called Los Hijos del Pay Ubré and had the presence of José Ramón Frette, Carlitos Miño, Joaquín Sheridan and Julio Cáceres.
Then, in the mid-1980s , his themes became very popular throughout Argentina. Especially from the record production of refurbishing chamameser groups such as Los de Imaguaré and Reencuentro. In addition to this, he worked hard on research on chamamé and Correntina religiosity . This is reflected in works such as Ñandé Roga, Pueblo Arandu and La Cruz Gil .
The poet and author was born in Paraje El Centinela , Ituizangó , Corrientes . However, it was scored on September 29, 1939 in San José , Misiones. His parents were Leoncio Gerónimo and Celia Gallardo, who also had six other children. During his childhood he lived in Paraje Cambaí, in Monte Caseros, and on the banks of the Miriñay River, an ancient post of Jesuit reductions.
He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Minor Seminary in the city of Corrientes. Later, he completed them at the Major Seminary of La Plata, Buenos Aires. In that line, he was ordained a priest in 1963 by Alberto Devoto, the first bishop of Goya. He was also consecutively priest in that town of Correntina, as well as Mercedes and Curuzú Cuatiá.
Zinni received, in 2005, the Tribute to the Trajectory in the field of Popular Culture in the Argentine Senate . In addition, he spent the last few years performing artistic tours of the villages of the interior of various provinces, including his. Others were Chaco, Formosa, Misiones, Santa Fe, Entre Ríos and Córdoba, with a presentation at the Cosquín Folklore Festival in 2016 .
On the other hand, he gave talks and recitals aimed at raising awareness about the heritage preservation and defense of the region's natural wealth . There, I address the importance of the Guaraní Aquifer, the waters of the Yberá and the Paraná Rivers and Uruguay. This initiative was accompanied by renowned artists such as Teresa Parodi, Antonio Tarragó Ro, León Gieco and María Ofelia.
Publication Date: 23/08/2020
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