Mercedes Sosa

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Mercedes Sosa

Mercedes Sosa, photograph by Annemarie Heinrich.
Background information
Birth name Haydée Mercedes Sosa
Born July 9, 1935(1935-07-09)
San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina
Origin Argentina
Died October 4, 2009(2009-10-04) (aged 74)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Folk, Nueva canción
Occupations Singer, Activist
Years active 1950–2009

Haydée Mercedes Sosa (9 July 1935[1] – 4 October 2009) was an Argentine singer. She was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the continent. Sosa became one of the important examples of nueva canción. She gave voice to songs written by both Brazilians and Cubans. She was best known as the "voice of the voiceless ones".[2]

Sosa suffered from breathing problems in later years. Sosa went into hospital in Buenos Aires on September 18, 2009.[3] She died from multiple organ failure on October 4, 2009. She was aged 74.[4]

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