Víctor Jara

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Legal name: Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez


Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbiktoɾ ˈliðjo ˈxaɾa maɾˈtines]; 28 September 1932 – 15 September 1973) was a Chilean teacher, theatre director, poet, singer-songwriter, and political activist. A distinguished theatre director, he developed Chilean theatre by directing a broad array of works, ranging from locally produced Chilean plays, to the classics of the world stage, to the experimental work of such playwrights as Ann Jellicoe. He also played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric musicians who established the Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement; this led to an uprising of new sounds in popular music during the administration of Salvador Allende.

Shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, Jara was arrested; he was tortured under interrogation and ultimately shot dead. His body was later thrown out into the street of a shanty town in Santiago. The contrast between the themes of his songs, on love, peace and social justice and the brutal way in which he was murdered transformed Jara into a "potent symbol of struggle for human rights and justice" for those killed during the Pinochet regime.

In June 2016, former Chilean army officer Pedro Barrientos was found liable for Jara's murder by a Florida jury.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1967 Víctor Jara (Geografía) Víctor Jara 3
1967 Víctor Jara (Odeon) Víctor Jara 1
1969 Pongo en tus manos abiertas… Víctor Jara 7
1970 Canciones folklóricas de América Víctor Jara + Quilapayún 1
1970 Canto libre Víctor Jara 1
1971 El derecho de vivir en paz Víctor Jara 7
1972 La población Víctor Jara 3
1973 Canto por travesura Víctor Jara 9
1988 El derecho de vivir en paz / La población Víctor Jara 1
1990 Canto por travesura / Desde Lonquén hasta siempre Víctor Jara 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Te recuerdo Amanda Víctor Jara 4
1975 Presente Víctor Jara 9
1975 Canciones póstumas Víctor Jara 3
1988 Te recuerdo Amanda / Canto a lo humano Víctor Jara 1
1992 20 años después Víctor Jara 2
1992 Todo Víctor Jara Víctor Jara 1
1993 Complete Víctor Jara 1
1993 Canto libre Víctor Jara 1
1993 Sus mejores canciones Víctor Jara 1
1994 El derecho de vivir en paz Víctor Jara 1
1996 Deja la vida volar Víctor Jara 1
1997 Haciendo historia: Victor Jara presente Víctor Jara 2
2000 De amor y de banderas Víctor Jara 1
2001 Antología musical Víctor Jara 2
2001 Manifiesto Víctor Jara 3
2003 El derecho de vivir en paz: Antología Víctor Jara 1
2005 Serie de oro: Grandes éxitos Víctor Jara 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 En vivo Víctor Jara 1
1996 En México Víctor Jara 4
2001 Habla y canta: En vivo en La Habana, Cuba Víctor Jara 2
2003 En vivo en el Aula Magna de la Universidad de Valparaíso: 29 de mayo de 1970 Víctor Jara 1

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