Teresa Parodi

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Teresa Parodi
Teresa Parodi May 2014.jpg
Minister of Culture of Argentina
In office
May 7, 2014 – December 10, 2015
PresidentCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded byJorge Coscia (as Secretary of Culture)
Succeeded byPablo Avelluto
Personal details
Teresa Adelina Sellarés

(1947-12-30) December 30, 1947 (age 72)
Corrientes, Argentina
Teresa Parodi performing at the Casa Rosada in 2004.

Teresa Adelina Sellarés, best known as Teresa Parodi, (born December 30, 1947) is an Argentine singer and songwriter. She held the inaugural post of the Minister of Culture of Argentina from 6 May 2014 to 9 December 2015.[1][2] She was a deputy to the Mercosur Parliament (Parlasur) representing the nationwide district of Argentina from 10 December 2015 to 6 October 2016.[3] She was elected on the Front for Victory ticket in the 2015 election.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Born Teresa Adelina Sellarés in Corrientes, she was introduced to music when studying singing and taking guitar lessons at the age of nine. Her grandmother hosted frequent music festivals in her farm along the Paraná River, and there she learned the Chamamé (a danceable genre of Argentine folk music) as well as Zambas, Chacareras, Huaynos, Cuecas, and other popular South American folk music genres. She later performed in numerous local festivals in her youth. She married Guillermo Parodi, a systems analyst, in 1967, and they had two children.[5] Both politically active in the left-leaning Peronist Youth,[6] her husband was briefly detained during the dictatorship that took power in 1976; he lost his job in Corrientes as a result, and in 1979 the couple relocated to Buenos Aires.[7]

Teresa Parodi started her solo career at this time, performing at small venues in Buenos Aires, and in 1979 was brought on as guest vocalist for Astor Piazzolla's Nuevo Tango quintet. Her 1980 debut album, Teresa Parodi desde Corrientes, was followed in 1983 by Canto a los hombres del pan duro ('A Song for Poor Men'), adding music to the work of prominent poets such as Jorge Luis Borges and Jorge Calvetti. Parodi was awarded the Consecration Award at the 1984 Cosquín National Folk Festival, and later performed as soloist in a number of notable events, including a 1986 concert with Cuban songwriter Pablo Milanés at Luna Park Stadium and in a 1988 tour of the U.S. and Europe. Parodi was voted Best Composer of the Decade in 1995, receiving a Platinum Konex Award to the effect, and in 1999 received the Gold Camín Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cosquín National Folk Festival.[8] She was named Illustrious Citizen of Buenos Aires in 2006.[6]

Parodi went to compose approximately 500 songs in 30 albums and has been a constant presence at the thousand folk festivals across Argentina as well as in San Diego, Houston, Washington, New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Santiago de Compostela, Paris, Brussels, Cuba, Mexico City, Chiapas, Monterrey, Antwerp, Zurich, Barcelona, Mataró, Stockholm, Amsterdam, São Paulo, Berlin, Seville, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Saragossa, Quito, and Asunción.[9]

Following a decision to promote the Culture Secretariat to a cabinet-level ministry, on May 7, 2014, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner nominated Parodi as the nation's first Minister of Culture.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1984: Consecration Award, Festival Nacional de Folclore de Cosquín.[8]
  • 1994: Best Album (female singers) Con el alma en vilo, Asociación de Cronistas del Espectáculo (ACE).[8]
  • 1995: Platinum Konex Award, Best Songwriter/Composer of the Decade.[8]
  • 1996: 'Estrella de Mar' Award, Mar del Plata.[8]
  • 1999: Gold Camín Lifetime Achievement Award, Festival Nacional de Folclore de Cosquín.[8]
  • 1999: Fondo Nacional de las Artes Award.[11]
  • 2004: Carlos Gardel Award. Best Álbum Folclore Female Artist [12]
  • 2011: Premio Nacional de la Artes 2011 song: Aún caminan conmigo.[13]


  • 1983: Canto a los hombres del pan duro, LP
  • 1985: El purajheí de Teresa Parodi, LP
  • 1986: Mba-e pa reicó, chamigo!, LP
  • 1987: Teresa, LP
  • 1988: Letra y música, LP
  • 1988: El otro país, LP
  • 1989: Otras cosas, LP
  • 1990: Ya está la taba en el aire, LP
  • 1991: De amores, sombras y transparencias, LP
  • 1991: 11 de Latijns Amerika Festival, LP
  • 1992: Pasiones, LP
  • 1993: Correntinas, LP
  • 1994: Con el alma en vilo, LP
  • 1995: Correntinas II, LP
  • 1996: Parte de mí, LP
  • 1997: Como dicho al pasar, LP
  • 1998: Señales de vida, LP
  • 2001: El canto que no cesa, LP
  • 2003: Soy feliz, LP
  • 2005: Pequeñas revoluciones, LP
  • 2007: Autobiografía, LP
  • 2009: Corazón de pájaro.
  • 2011: Otro cantar.


  1. ^ La Nacion (7/5/2014) (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Boletin Oficial de la Republica Argentina (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Parlamento del Mercosur (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Infobae (10/08/2015). (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Teresa Parodi" (PDF). Universidad de Palermo. May 2, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Teresa Parodi, una cantante popular que militó en la Juventud Peronista". InfoBae. May 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Parodi: Si hay un momento que representa todo lo que soy, tengo que salir a decirlo". Telam. August 13, 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Teresa Parodi". Fundación Konex.
  9. ^ "Biografía". Teresa Parodi.
  10. ^ "CFK creates Culture Ministry". Buenos Aires Herald. May 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "El Fondo de las Artes premió a ocho artistas". Clarín. November 24, 1999.
  12. ^ "Estará Teresa Parodi en Festival Nacional de Folclore en Argentina". Yahoo News. December 29, 2011.
  13. ^ "El regreso de una distinción con más de cien años de historia". Página/12. August 26, 2011.
  14. ^ Discografía de Parodi. Archived 2012-07-04 at the Wayback Machine

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