Latin Roots: Nuevo Cancion : World Cafe In this segment of World Cafe's Latin music series, Alt.Latino host Jasmine Garsd talks about Nuevo Cancion, a broad style of Latin music concerning social and political issues.

Latin Roots: Nuevo Cancion

Latin Roots: Nuevo Cancion

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Camila Moreno.

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  • Victor Jara, "Cuando voy al Trabajo"
  • Camila Moreno, "Millones"

Nueva Cancion ("new song") is a style born in the '60s and '70s, when many Latin countries were ruled by repressive dictators. The songs were folk-inspired, with guitar-based song forms, percussive elements and socially charged lyrics. The late Victor Jara is seen as the father of the movement, and he comes up in this conversation.

Alt.Latino host Jasmine Garsd says the movement has resonated with a lot of people and brought about change — a product of repression, but also a symptom of a healthy society. Chilean singer Camila Moreno, for example, is a modern Nueva Cancion artist known for her song "Millones," and we hear a track from her today.

Listen to the Nuevo Cancion playlist on Spotify.

Latin Roots is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.