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Red StrainsMusic and Communism Outside the Communist Bloc$
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Robert Adlington

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265390

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265390.001.0001

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From the Andes to Paris

From the Andes to Paris

Atahualpa Yupanqui, the Communist Party, and the Latin American Folksong Movement

(p.105) 9 From the Andes to Paris
Red Strains

Fabiola Orquera

British Academy

In 1947 the Peronist government blacklisted the Argentinean composer Atahualpa Yupanqui, forcing him into exile in Eastern Europe and Paris. Yupanqui, then affiliated to the Communist Party, was already well known in his country for songs that celebrated the life of rural workers in the Argentinean Andes, and denounced their hardships. Yupanqui's Parisian sojourn, during which he secured the support of the French recording label Le Chant du Monde, provided him with the opportunity to introduce Argentine folklore to European audiences. This chapter focuses upon the period 1946 to 1950, analyzing Yupanqui's complex relationship with the populist policies of Perón, and assessing his appeal for French communists and fellow travellers as a privileged representative of the proletarian aesthetic.

Keywords:   Yupanqui, Argentina, communism, France, folksong, Peronism, Comité Nationale, Ecrivains, Les Lettres Françaises

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