Magazine article New Internationalist

Che Guevara: Lucha Por la Vida

Magazine article New Internationalist

Che Guevara: Lucha Por la Vida

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Che Guevara: Lucha por la Vida

by Various Artists (Milan France 399160-2 CD)

Released to mark the 40th anniversary of Che Guevara's death in 1967, Lucha porla Vida (Struggle for Life) uses the idea of political revolution as a trope for musical insurgency - and pulls together a half-decent compilation in the process. Even if the Argentineborn Guevara never met many of the musicians featured here, he personified a rebellious spirit that surfaced in various ways - in Brazil's tropicatismo, Chile's discovery of its indigenous folk music and Argentina's tango.

Lucha por la Vida is the fruitful product of a trawl through the jazz archives of Warner Chile, Editions Milan, the Cuban label Egrem and others. With much of the music coming from the 1950s and 1960s, it's also a time capsule of frenetic activity. …

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