22 July, 2011

Fecund Facundo

In Guatemala, in the early of hours of 9th of July, the Argentinean singer-songwriter Facundo Cabral was killed.  He was 74 years old.  He was returning from singing.

His singing was poetry and philosophy, ironic anecdotes, shuddering experiences cemented with music.
When he began singing, from very young, he called himself “El indio Gasparino”.  Years later, then with his own name, Facundo became a singer of protest which highlights the capacity to enhance life and the possibility to be better.

He was forced into exile during the dictatorship which lashed his country.  His life was to deliver a message of conflict and of peace, of justice and liberty.

The man said: “Don’t say ‘I can’t’, not even in jest, because the unconscious has no sense of humour, it will take it seriously and will remind you of it each time you try it!”.

Or he sang that his mother used to say: “If the bad knew what a good business it is to be good, they would be good, if only for the business”.

And he sang that, shortly before she died, his mother said to him: “I die happy because you are more and more like what you sing.”

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