The BBC World Service series The Music of Time continues with its exploration of the interactions between music, identity and social change at key points in history.
In this episode, Wyre Davies explores the collision between Chile’s Nueva Canción music movement and General Pinochet’s regime.
When the Nueva Canción movement collided with Pinochet’s regime, a style of popular music was born which evoked Chile’s social struggles. The musicians helped build support for Salvador Allende, a candidate for a left-wing party who was elected president of Chile in 1970. But a few years later the artists of Nueva Canción found themselves caught up in a bloody military coup, and were targeted by Pinochet’s regime.
Davies, a former BBC News correspondent in Chile, returns to explore how the music reflected and affected Chile’s traumatic history.
BBC Series Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w27vpwrw
BBC Chile Programme Page: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csvnyd