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The songbook manifesto

It is a document signed by the highest exponents of our culture in the 1960s. The New Cancionero sought to overcome artistic differences.


The  “Nuevo Cancionero”  was a  musical, literary and cultural movement  in general that took place in our country, but that had a high  impact throughout Latin America  . Mendoza was the host and main protagonist, since these ideals were created in our province, in  1963 , with the participation of artists such as  Mercedes Sosa, Tito Francia, Armando Tejada Gómez and Oscar Matus, among others. The basic and main premise of this new song book was to unify cultural criteria and passions, with the clearest example between  folklore  and tango.

The movement took place after the migratory changes that took place since 1930 and within the framework of the so-called “folklore boom”.  On February 11, 1963, Tito Francia, Juan Carlos Sedero, Manuel Oscar Matus, Armando Tejada Gómez, Pedro Horacio Tusoli, Mercedes Sosa and Victor Nieto met  in the Journalists Circle. They were all  artists from Mendoza or who lived here for a long time .

On the opposition between folklore and tango, the Manifesto describes:

Then, the  artificial and suffocating division was perpetrated between the citizen popular songbook and the native folk songbook of folk roots . Dark interests have fueled, even hostility, this division...

And among his main proposals, he says:

... the  integration of popular music  into the diversity of the country's regional expressions...
The participation of typical popular and popular native music in the other popular arts...
 Rejects all closed regionalism...
 It is proposed to purge from conventionalism and traditionalist taboos to ultranza, the musical heritage...
It will throw away... all crude and subaltern production that, for commercial purposes, attempts to increase both the intelligence and the morals of our people...
It will seek communication, dialogue and  exchange with all artists and similar movements in the rest of America... 

 Time after 

In the following years and until the 1976 coup d'état, many Argentine artists converged in the same sense, renewing the Argentine song, such as  Víctor Heredia, León Gieco, Los Trovadores and Horacio Guarany.  

Among other activities, awards and tributes, the following proposals that took place over the years are highlighted.

In  2002 , a  relaunch of the Manifesto del Nuevo Cancionero was made, on the occasion of a tribute to  Armando Tejada Gómez  , at the Avenida Theatre in Buenos Aires.  On that occasion Victor Heredia inscribed, in the original manifesto, the adherence of artists and personalities from all over Latin America.

On September 26,  2007  , a  Tribute to the New Cancionero concert  was held in the same IFT theater where he performed his first performance in the City of Buenos Aires.

Publication Date: 08/02/2020

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