Music piece by:
Calatambo Albarracín
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Experience in:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, December 1973 - February 1974

Los de Chacabuco, a band founded and conducted by Ángel Parra, arranged this song called "Caliche"Layer of hard rock in the nitrate mines. It is also a term of endearment in northern Chile.. 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.


Published on: 22 June 2015

Clandestine recording made by political prisoners in Chacabuco in 1974.

Oh, my lovely dark-skinned girl, Caliche
I give you my love.
I’m from northern Chile
Caliche, my heart.

A northern cuecaSouth American plains devoid of tree vegetation., Caliche
let’s dance.
Tapping, toe and heel, Caliche
Let’s go out.

Don’t tell anyone, Caliche
about our love
keeping it quiet, Caliche
will be best.

We are poor wretches from the pampaSouth American plains devoid of tree vegetation., Caliche
pour the wine.