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The song manifesto

This is a document signed by the top exponents of our culture in the 1960s. The New Songbook 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 songbook was to unify criteria and cultural passions, with the clearest example between  folklore  and tango.

The movement took place after the migratory changes that occurred since 1930 and within the framework of the so-called “folklore boom”.  On 11 February 1963, Tito Francia, Juan Carlos Sedero, Manuel Oscar Matus, Armando Tejada Gómez, Pedro Horacio Tusoli, Mercedes Sosa and Víctor Nieto met  at the Círculo de Periodistas. 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 between the popular citizen songbook and the native folk songbook with folk root was perpetrated. Dark interests have fueled, even hostility, this division...

And among his main proposals, he states:

... the  integration of popular music  into the diversity of the country's regional expressions...
The participation of typical folk and native folk music in the other folk arts...
 Reject all closed regionalism... 
It is proposed to purify traditionalist conventions and taboos ultranza, the musical heritage...
It will discard... any gross and subaltern production that, for commercial purposes, will try to make both the intelligence and morality of our people more expensive...
He will seek communication, dialogue and  exchange with all artists and similar movements from the rest of America... 

 Time after 

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

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

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

On September 26,  2007  , a  Tributo al Nuevo Cancionero Concert  was held in the same IFT theatre in which he performed his first performance in the City of Buenos Aires.

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