Testimonies

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Beloved Friend (Amado amigo)

Author:
Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely
« This song, written in my cell at the Puchuncaví Prison Camp, speaks to a friend and fellow prisoner; it could be any one of the thousands behind bars. »
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Published on: 22 June 2015


Blue Eyes (Ojos azules)

Author:
Manuel Casazola Huancco
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January – February 1974
« This is the last track on the cassette recorded by the band Los de Chacabuco in the concentration camp; it was digitised in 2015. They played at the prisoners' weekly show. The song was very popular in Chile in the 1960s and many bands included it in their repertoire. »
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Published on: 13 November 2015


Caliche

Author:
Calatambo Albarracín
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, December 1973 - February 1974
« Los de Chacabuco, a band founded and conducted by Ángel Parra, arranged this song. It was sung several times during the Saturday shows at the Chacabuco concentration camp. At the farewell concert for Angel, Alberto Corvalán recorded it on cassette, and a subsequent LP was produced from that cassette. »
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Published on: 22 June 2015


Candombe for José (Candombe para José)

Author:
Roberto Ternán
Testimony by:
Sara De Witt
Place & date:
« We were in Tres Álamos barracks in September 1976. I don’t recall how many of us women were imprisoned there. I believe there were close to a hundred of us. »
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Published on: 29 December 2014


Candombe for José (Candombe para José)

Author:
Roberto Ternán
Testimony by:
Alejandro Olate
« The youngest among us, aged 17 or even 16 years, did the heaviest work on Dawson Island. We had to fell trees, cut them, split them in two, cut them into wedges, and walk the several hundred meters back to the barracks carrying the logs on our shoulders. »
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Published on: 03 October 2015


Candombe for José (Candombe para José)

Author:
Roberto Ternán
Testimony by:
Amelia Negrón
« We were in Pavilion 1. One of us came up with the idea, I can’t remember who. There were so many of us and we spent the day inventing and creating things! »
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Published on: 24 August 2018


Captain, our Destiny is a Wandering Island (Capitán, el rumbo es una isla errante)

Author:
Sergio Vesely
Testimony by:
Sergio Vesely
« This song was dedicated to Óscar Castro, who I was lucky enough to meet in 1975, in Puchuncaví. With his experience in theatre – Óscar was already a fairly well-known actor before his arrest – he threw himself into the cultural work we had organised, in what was then called “Camp Melinka” where the prisoners presented a show every Friday. »
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Published on: 23 September 2015


Captive Quena (Quena cautiva)

Author:
Claudio Enrique Durán Pardo (aka Quique Cruz)
Testimony by:
Claudio Enrique Durán Pardo
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros, Tres Álamos, between September and December 1975
« I first laid my hands on a quena (typical Andean flute) when I was nine years old. It was resplendently fragile and full of song. My passion for this instrument was immediate, or rather, it was the quena that chose me to play it. Five years later, aged 14, I had already become the quena player of a quartet in ​​San Antonio. »
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Published on: 06 January 2015


Casida of the Dark Pigeons (Casida de las palomas oscuras)

Author:
Federico García Lorca (words), Paco Ibáñez (music)
Testimony by:
Luis Alfredo Muñoz González
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Cuatro Álamos, late February or early March 1975
« According to scientists, the location for memory and for processing music is situated in a deep, ancestral part of the brain, where it is zealously guarded. Perhaps this explains why even after our bodies have been destroyed to the marrow, when nothing is left of us but the murky eyes of death, music and song appear. »
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Published on: 12 January 2015


Chacabuco Mass (Misa chacabucana)

Author:
Ángel Parra and Ariel Ramírez
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
« This song is the second track on the cassette recorded in the Chacabuco prison camp by the group Los de Chacabuco, formed by Ángel Parra and led by him until his release. At the time the cassette was recorded, Ángel had already been freed and Ernesto Parra had become the group's director. »
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Published on: 13 November 2015