Carlos Canzani y La Nueva Canción

1. Carlos Canzani: Aguaraguacarloscanzani

2. Carlos Canzani: Parana

I don’t know about your town, but it seems that the San Francisco Bay Area has been sprouting up with all sorts of indie-folk, alt-folk, and freak-folk bands over the last 10 years. The popularity of this genre tends to ebb and flow with the uncertainty of an era and the overall reflections of it’s time and space.  Look back to 1960’s South America and we can find a similar uncertianty of that epoch. Poverty, political anxiety, and an overall distrust in government are key themes that helped foster the folk music movement called the Nueva Canción (new song) in places like Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay.

Pretty amazing and obscure stuff from the Uruguayan Carlos Canzani, who later played with the popular Chilean prog/folk group Los Jaivas.  The 1974 recording of Aguaragua is probably a little bit more on the experimental side than the political Nueva Canción movement. Or maybe his lyrics just aren’t as overt on the topics of poverty, human rights, and imperialism as his peers were. Either-way, Canzani was exiled to Argentina and finally France just like most artists from that movement, some of whom met an even darker fate.

British folk influences like Nick Drake/Cat Stevens and Brazilian Tropicália are evident throughout this record. Paraná is a state/province and river in Brazil. And if I had to guess, aguaragua is a nonsensical word. Basically he’s stating in the song that no one can tell him what he can or cannot say, even if it makes no sense.  Carlos Canzani is still alive today and still retains a certain global popularity. If you can find it, highly recommended record. Well made LP from start to finish.

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