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Mercedes Sosa: Corazon Libre

Mercedes Sosa

Like her longtime friend Joan Baez (whose artwork adorns Corazon Libre’s cover), Merce-des Sosa has spent a lifetime raising her magnificent instrument against oppression and in praise of peace. The Argentine legend, long exiled from her homeland for voicing antimilitaristic sentiments, marks her 70th birthday with this landmark disc that simultaneously celebrates her illustrious past and a future filled with promise.

A few of the 16 selections are drawn from her beloved folk repertoire, including such classics as “Zamba de Argamonte” and “Tonada del Viejo Amor,” and there’s a rousing reinterpretation of her signature hit, “Todo Cambia,” a hymnlike homily to hope lost and found. But the majority of the album looks forward, not back, as Sosa explores the work of contemporary poets and songwriters whose open-hearted philosophies fit with her own, resulting in such delicately stunning pearls as Pablo Dumit’s soft-flowing “Pais” and Rafael Amor’s uplifting title track.

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