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'Voice of the Voiceless Ones'

Joe Holley

It would be hard to overestimate the power and influence of Mercedes Sosa, the Argentinian-born folk singer who died October 4 at age 74. As Adam Bernstein recounts in The Post, she released 70 albums over a career spanning nearly six decades. Known for her rich contralto voice and her extraordinary versatility, she sang Argentinian tango, Brazilian bossa nova, Cuban nueva trova and rock. Her songs often addressed the political struggles of oppressed people, particularly in Latin America, where she was known as "the voice of the voiceless ones."

By Joe Holley |  October 4, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  | Category:  Joe Holley
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