Christmas Oratorio According to St. Luke (Oratorio de Navidad según San Lucas)

Author:
Ángel Parra
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Place & date:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January - February 1974

This is the first song on the cassette recorded at the Chacabuco camp by the band Los de Chacabuco, created by Ángel Parra and conducted by him until his release. At the time that the cassette was recorded, Ángel had been freed and Ernesto Parra had become the group’s conductor.

The group rehearsed this song, like all the other songs, on its premises in the so-called Civic District, a street near the camp entrance. On this street other groups of prisoners, organised with the military's permission, also had their meeting places: the doctors, the lawyers, the theatre group, the choir and other groups.

Those taking part are named at the beginning of the recording. All ten members of the group took part. The colour photo displayed in other testimonies on the Cantos Cautivos archive shows nine of us, while Antonio was left out due to a framing error. Antonio does appear, along with the rest of the group, in the black-and-white photo included here [in the movie].

The recording has some sound problems due to the old age of the cassette. The cassette was digitised in 2015.


Published on: 12 November 2015

Clandestine recording made by political prisoners in Chacabuco, 1974.