Jorge Cafrune

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Jorge Cafrune
Background information
Birth nameJorge Antonio Cafrune
Born(1937-08-08)August 8, 1937
OriginJujuy, Argentina
DiedFebruary 1, 1978 (aged 40)
GenresArgentine folk music
Occupation(s)Singer, Musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
LabelsColumbia, CBS

Jorge Antonio Cafrune (August 8, 1937 in Perico Del Carmen, Jujuy – February 1, 1978 in Buenos Aires) was one of the most popular Argentine folklorist singers of his time, as well as an unflagging researcher, compilator, and diffuser of the native culture.

His life[edit]

Jorge Cafrune was born in the estancia "La Matilde" of El Sunchal, Perico Del Carmen, Jujuy in a family of SyrianLebanese origin. He completed his secondary studies in San Salvador de Jujuy, during which he took guitar classes with Nicolás Lamadrid.

In 1957 he recorded his first album with the band Las voces de Huayra that in 1960 changed its name to Los cantores del Alba, with Ariel Ramírez as manager. Beginning in 1962, Cafrune began to perform at the Cosquin Folkloric Festival. In 1966 in one of his visits to smaller villages, he met a young folklorist singer called José Larralde.

In 1967 shown the trip "De caballo por mi patria" in homage to Chacho Peñaloza. During this trip Cafrune traveled about Argentina as had many gauchos, taking his art and message around the country.[citation needed]

In 1977, after several years spent living in Spain, he returned to Argentina which was governed at the time by the military dictatorship of Jorge Rafael Videla. The government saw a menace in Cafrune's outspoken music, particularly his politically controversial song Zamba de mi esperanza. On his persistence, Cafrune said, "Although it is not in the authorized repertoire, if my people request it of me, I am going to sing it."[citation needed] After being run over by a van driven by two nineteen-year-old men while riding a horse in a main road at 1 a.m., Cafrune died within twelve hours.[citation needed]

Zamba de mi esperanza, released by CBS Records International.


Title Year Company
Las voces de Huayra 1957 Columbia
Folklore 1962 H. y R.
Tope Puestero
Jorge Cafrune
Emoción, Canto y Guitarra 1964 CBS
Cuando llegue el alba
Que seas vos
Ando cantándole al viento y no sólo por cantar 1965
El Chacho, Vida y muerte de un caudillo - Mono 8599
La Independencia 1966
Yo digo lo que siento
Jorge Cafrune 1967
Yo he visto cantar al viento 1968
Este destino cantor 1969
Zamba por vos
Jorge Cafrune interpreta a José Pedroni 1970
Lindo haberlo vivido para poderlo contar 1971
Labrador del canto
Yo le canto al Paraguay
Virgen India (con Marito) 1972
Aquí me pongo a contar… Cosas del Martín Fierro
De mi madre (con Marito)
De lejanas tierras. Jorge Cafrune le canta a Eduardo Falú y Atahualpa Yupanqui
Siempre se vuelve 1975
Jorge Cafrune en la ONU 1976


Title Year Company
Jorge Cafrune 20 Grandes Canciones
Mis 30 mejores canciones (2 cd) Sony


Title year Directed by
Cosquín, amor y folklore 1965 Delfor María Beccaglia
Ya tiene comisario el pueblo 1965 Enrique Carreras
El cantor enamorado 1969 Juan Antonio Serna
Argentinísima 1972 Fernando Ayala y Héctor Olivera
El canto cuenta su historia 1976 Fernando Ayala y Héctor Olivera

External links[edit]

These two locations list Cafrune's albums, with tune names and album covers. The albums are downloadable there as well.