Victor Heredia

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Víctor Heredia
Plaza de Mayo - Silvio Rodríguez y Víctor Heredía durante el Festival Todos Somos Argentinos-25-may-06-presidencia-govar.jpg
Background information
Birth name Víctor Ramón Cournou Heredia
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947 (age 67)
Origin Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Folk music
Occupations Singer, Activist
Years active 1968–present

Víctor Heredia (born in Buenos Aires, on 24 January 1947) is an Argentine singer songwriter. Author of Taki Ongoy, a symphonic work about Taki Unquy, a millenarian movement against the Spanish conquest.

Biography[edit]

He was born in the neighborhood of Monzerrat, in the city of Buenos Aires, though he grew up in Paso del Rey, a city in the Moreno area of Greater Buenos Aires. His paternal family is of French origin, whereas his maternal grandmother was of Capayán neanderthal origin, born in the Calchaquí Valleys, in the province of Catamarca.[1] When he was young, he won the revelation prize in the Cosquín Festival.

His work considers, what he see as, the social problems in Latin American and various human rights. He has recorded with various artists, such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Mercedes Sosa, León Gieco, Milton Nascimento, el Cuarteto Zupay [the Zupay Quartet], Silvio Rodríguez, and Pablo Milanés, amongst others.

He was banned during the military Argentine dictatorship, which started in 1976. This dictatorship left thousands of missing persons including his sister, Maria Cristina. Heredia collaborates closely with organizations that denounce the crimes of the dictatorship, such as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, and also with organizations of indigenous peoples.

His works include Todavía Cantamos ("Still We Sing"), Sobreviviendo ("Surviving"), El viejo Matías ("The old man Matías"), Dulce Daniela ("Sweet Daniela"), and Razón de vivir ("Reason to live"). His albums include Taki Ongoy, a conceptual work composed in 1986 in homage to Taki Ongoy, an indigenous movement that arose in the sixteenth century (1560 - 1572) in opposition to the Spanish invasion.

Prizes[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Shouting Hopes, 1968 (Gritando Esperanzas)
  • Víctor Heredia, 1969
  • The Old man Matías, 1970 (El Viejo Matías)
  • Wherefrom I Am, 1971 (De Donde Soy)
  • Reasons, 1973 (Razones)
  • Víctor Heredia Canta a Pablo Neruda, 1974
  • Drink from my pitcher, 1975 (Bebe En Mi Cántaro)
  • Pass of the King, 1976 (Paso Del Rey)
  • When I Say Woman, 1977 (Cuando Yo Digo Mujer)
  • That Beautiful Song, 1978
  • Already Lo Ves, Dawns, 1981
  • Opened doors, 1982
  • Recital, 1982
  • Víctor Heredia Canta Paul Neruda (new version), 1983
  • Those Soldaditos Of Lead, 1983
  • Only I want the life, 1984
  • Courage!, 1985
  • Taki Ongoy, 1986
  • A Day of Grace, 1987
  • Memory, 1988
  • Letter Of A Shipwrecked person, 1991
  • Meanwhile, 1992
  • Syndrome Of Love, 1994
  • Víctor Heredia En vivo In The Back-room, 1995
  • Of Love and Of Blood, 1996
  • Brands, 1998
  • RCA Club - Víctor Heredia, 1998
  • Live Heredia 1 and 2, 2000
  • Then, 2001
  • Phoenix, 2003
  • Tenderly Friends, 2005
  • Citizen, 2008

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