Mrs Maki writes:
The Argentinian singer-songwriter and poet Facundo Cabral was murdered in Guatemala City yesterday. Officially an innocent victim of a drive by shooting aimed at the promotor who had booked him to appear in Guatemala, a theory that convinces few and certainly not Rigoberta Menchu, a close friend of Facundo and fellow denouncer of Latin America’s extreme right death squads.
Facundo, like many others who have died before him, was fearless in his opposition of dictatorship, social injustice and all the other crimes that have been committed (and ignored) in the name of economic progress over the decades in his beleaguered continent. His death in one of the countries with one of the worst records for human rights abuse in the area seems just a little too coincidental for the official explanation to be believed.
His influence, musically and lyrically, in the seventies and eighties was spread wide throughout the Spanish-speaking world. His protest songs rang true here in Spain as, during the late seventies and early eighties, we were throwing off the shackles of our own dictatorship. His lyrics and poetry were a breath of fresh air and an inspiration to my generation. Facundo, gracias por tu legado.
Here is his first international hit a milonga called Pobrecito mi Patrón (will try to get the lyrics translated and put them in the comments section).