Testimonies

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A Cocky Fellow (El puntúo)

Author:
Víctor Canto and Luis Cifuentes (lyrics), Roberto Parra (music)
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November 1973- February 1974
« This cueca was composed at Chacabuco between November 1973 and February 1974, and was sung by the band Los de Chacabuco, of which Víctor Canto and I were members. »
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Published on: 17 December 2014


A Cueca Finger-picked in Solidarity (Cueca punteada de un solidario)

Author:
Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely
« It is true that the hard experience of torture and prison unified us and at times even generated strong ties of friendship among the prisoners. But, if we are not not idealise the facts too much, we have to say that not all was friendship and solidarity among the political prisoners. »
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Published on: 23 September 2015


After the War (Después de la guerra)

Author:
Sandro
Testimony by:
Nelly Andrade Alcaino
« The military officials in charge of the Tejas Verdes camp ordered us to sing, and they gave us just one day to select the songs and to rehearse. »
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Published on: 07 January 2015


Alfonsina and the Sea (Alfonsina y el mar)

Author:
Félix Luna (lyrics) and Ariel Ramírez (music). Popularised by Mercedes Sosa.
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely
Place & date:
Villa Grimaldi, January 1975
« It was not easy to endure being locked up in one of Villa Grimaldi’s miserable cells that resembled coffins standing on end. It was even harder to bear in the high temperatures of the summer months of the Andes foothills in Peñalolén. I was inside one of those cells, blindfolded, my feet and hands in chains. »
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Published on: 18 June 2015


Amalia Rosa

Author:
Tino Carrasco
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November 1973 - February 1974
« Los de Chacabuco, a band created and directed by Ángel Parra, performed this Venezuelan folk rhythm, known as joropo, singing it at the weekly prison camp show. I dare say it was one of the favourite songs of the audience, comprised of political prisoners. »
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Published on: 19 February 2015


An Old Love Tune (Tonada del viejo amor)

Author:
Eduardo Falú and Jaime Dávalos
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, November 1973 - February 1974
« The Los de Chacabuco group, founded and directed by Ángel Parra, performed this zamba written by Eduardo Falú and Jaime Davalos, at the camp’s weekly shows. »
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Published on: 19 February 2015


Answer Me

Author:
Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch. English lyrics by Carl Sigman. Recorded by Frankie Laine.
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
« I sang this song alone in the National Stadium dressing rooms where I was confined from September to November of 1973. This took place when the military permitted artistic performances in the dressing rooms (converted in prison cells) while we waited our turn to be interrogated or after returning from interrogations, which often consisted of being tortured. »
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Published on: 23 December 2014


Anthem of Puchuncaví (Himno de Puchuncaví)

Author:
Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely
« A few weeks before being transferred to Valparaíso Jail, where I would face a war council on account of alleged violations of the State Interior Security Law and other military regulations that existed during the state of siege, I wrote a song that I called anthem, because my objective was that it be sung as a group at the conclusion of our Friday cultural events. »
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Published on: 22 June 2015


Balderrama

Author:
Manuel José Castilla (lyrics) and Gustavo Leguizamón (music). Popularised by Mercedes Sosa
Testimony by:
Eduardo Ojeda
« We arrived at Camp Compingin on Dawson Island on the afternoon of 11 September. We knew that we had been arrested that morning, and we knew nothing else. The next day, another group of prisoners arrived. From them we learned that Salvador Allende had died. »
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Published on: 16 October 2015


Barlovento

Author:
Eduardo Serrano
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January – February 1974
« This is one of the songs the group Los de Chacabuco arranged and performed at the weekly show authorised by the military. »
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Published on: 11 November 2015