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“Argentina sings in quarantine” was an initiative that brought together more than 30 musicians from the country, who joined their
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| 28 March, 2020 |

It’s practically impossible to imagine a world without music. Music accompanies us in everything we do, with its nuances, throughout our lives. Today the country — and the world — is going through an unprecedented situation. The coronavirus locked us all in our homes and the distance became the best medicine, just for us that what we like most is to be close. In that context, music becomes a life jacket. Artists from our country came together to demonstrate that, from a distance, you can also be united. That’s what “Argentina sings in quarantine” was all about.

On Thursday night, more than 30 artists sang from their homes an exciting version of Maria Elena Walsh’s song “Como la cicada” . It happened at 20.50 and was broadcast live by different signals. The initiative came from Red Solidaria, from where different Argentine artists were invited to participate in “ Argentina sings in quarantine”. For three minutes, the videos of the musicians — from their houses — were happening, in which each sang a part of the song.

“ We chose that song because its message is hopeful. He invites us to continue singing and to confront this invisible enemy that threatens us. It is essential to be united, singing despite the distance, which is so necessary to take care of each other,” said Juan Carr, founder of Red Solidaria.

A union that thrills

“ Argentina sings in quarantine” said with the musical production of Lito Vitale and more than 30 artists joined: León Gieco, Teresa Parodi, Soledad Pastorutti, Pedro Aznar, Abel Pintos, Victor Heredia, Lula Bertoldi, Wos, Juan Carlos Baglietto, Sandra Mihanovich, Nahuel Pennisi, Negra Guevara, Marcela Morelo, Alejandro Lerner, Mica Vita, Luciano Pereyra, Kevin Johansen, Elena Roger, Liliana Herrero, Jairo, Hilda Lizarazu, Lisandro Aristimuño, Palo Pandolfo, Julia Zenko, Georgina Hassan, Gabo Ferro, Coti Sorokin, Mavi Díaz, Emiliano Brancciari, Liliana Vitale, Patricia Sosa, Franco Luciani, Javier Malosetti, Ligia Piro, Ricardo Mollo, David Lebón, Marian Farías Gómez and Natalia Oreiro.

People also joined from their houses. On the balconies, the voices of neighbors who joined artists creating a choir that spread throughout the country. In the social networks posted videos under the hashtags #ArgentinaCanta and #QuedateEnCasa.

In the situation we have to live, it is important to rescue these moments that remind us that, despite the differences, we are all part of the same. And that together we will achieve get out of this, as we always do.

Like the cicada

So many times they killed me

so many times I died

yet I’m here resurrecting

thanks to misfortune and to the hand with a dagger

because it killed me so badly

and I kept singing

in the sun like the cicada

After a year under the ground

just like survivor

So many times they erased me


many I disappeared to my own burial I

went alone and crying


made a knot from the handkerchief, but I forgot later

that it wasn’t the only time

and I kept singing

in the sun like the cicada

After a year under the ground

just like survivor that

comes back of the war

So many times they killed you

So many you will resurrect

How many nights you will spend in despair

And at the time of the shipwreck and the time of the oscu

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