Monday, October 5, 2009


Mercedes Sosa, 74, an Argenine singer who emerged as an electrifying voice of conscience throughout Latin America for songs that championed social justice in the face of government repression died Sunday in Buenos Aires. Thousands turned out for her funeral procession.

The leftist Sosa was forced into exile by Argentina's military dictatorship of the 1970s but never backed down, lending her voice to inspire many who suffered. Colombia's Shakira, who sings on Sosa's last, Grammy-nominated album, said "we are all better for having known her - she showed us that a song can teach us so much."

Compiled from Seattle Times and Canadian Press.

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