Mercedes Sosa

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Mercedes Sosa
Mercedes Sosa, by Annemarie Heinrich.jpg
Mercedes Sosa, photograph by Annemarie Heinrich.
Background information
Birth nameHaydée Mercedes Sosa
Born(1935-07-09)July 9, 1935
San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina
OriginArgentina
DiedOctober 4, 2009(2009-10-04) (aged 74)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
GenresFolk, Nueva canción
OccupationsSinger, Activist
Years active1950–2009

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]

References[change | change source]

  1. Mercedes Sosa at BrainyHistory.com
  2. Singer Mercedes Sosa: The voice of the 'voiceless ones' outlasts South American dictatorships
  3. Clarín (Spanish)
  4. "Argentine folk icon Sosa dies at 74". Al Jazeera. 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-05.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Mercedes Sosa at Wikimedia Commons