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León Gieco: versatility and fight

One of the pillars of our rock, León Gieco always allowed himself to experiment with different musical styles. Our homage
Uno de los pilares de nuestro rock, León Gieco
| 20 November, 2019 |

Raúl Alberto Antonio Gieco was born, but for more than 40 years we have known him as Leon Gieco. He is one of the most important musicians of our country, since he combines two of the most important genres of Argentina: rock and folklore.

To that, he adds songs with lyrics that speak of the forgotten: León Gieco doesn’t shut up anything. Social and political issues in favour of human rights, peasants, indigenous peoples, the disabled and the marginalized of all kinds. Perhaps that is why, in the 1970s he was forced into exile by the dictatorship that ruled the country and wanted to silence his voice.

He arrived in the United States in the late ’70s. There, he joined Gustavo Santaolalla, who had produced his debut album —León Gieco (1973) —. They recorded songs for Pisten en nada (1981), an album that would mark their triumphant return to Argentina.

Leo Gieco never gets set limits: he was always a versatile artist who allowed himself to experiment with various genres, such as cumbia villera, murga, pop, candombe and heavy metal. Throughout his career, he shared stage with great artists national and international: Mercedes Sosa, Sixto Palavecino, Sting, U2, Peter Gabriel, Bob Dylan, Silvio Rodriguez, Joan Manuel Serrat, Pablo Milanés, Peteco Carabajal and Ivan Lins, among others.

For all that has been contributing to our music all this time, is undoubtedly one of the pillars of rock Argentine. Gieco’s songs are songs that you have to sit and listen to with attention: his lyrics give voice to those who cannot speak and his music us shows that the boundaries between styles are always fuzzy. You can always go for more.

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