Gracias a la Vida

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After a long life, touching millions of people with her powerful voice and commitment to social justice, Argentine folksinger Mercedes Sosa passed away on Sunday, October 4th, 2009. Sosa set an incredible example of how music can change the world.

Her deep, rich voice and emotionally charged performances became the rallying cry for a generation of Latin Americans oppressed by dictatorships. In a time of terror, she chose to be “the voice for the voiceless ones” and sing words that were forbidden. In her more than fifty-year career, she pioneered a new movement in music, which buried itself deep into the soul of every listener, as personal as it was political.

Click here to watch as she offers that heart to thousands of fans in “Yo Vengo a Ofrecer mi Corazon.”

She once reflected on her work saying, “Music can't solve problems. Human beings have to resolve their own problems. But music can console people who suffer from problems, and perhaps it can inspire people to try to solve their problems. Singers have to sing whatever they believe in. They have to stay true to themselves. These are the songs I believe in, so I have to keep singing them."

Click here to watch an intimate performance of her signature song “Gracias a la Vida,” a ballad by Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra.

Gracias a su vida, Mercedes. ¡Le extrañamos!