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Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop, Latin Music
The Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani spent the years of 1973 to 1988 in Europe (exiled by the Pinochet military dictatorship, which apparently feared their celebration of indigenous culture as much as their populist lyrics... more »
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The Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani spent the years of 1973 to 1988 in Europe (exiled by the Pinochet military dictatorship, which apparently feared their celebration of indigenous culture as much as their populist lyrics). During those expatriate years, Inti-Illimani often found themselves playing for non-Spanish-speaking audiences and came to emphasize their exquisite chamber-folk instrumental work over their vocals. The band returned in triumph to its native country in 1988, however, and Andadas (recorded in '92 and finally released here) is the first Inti-Illimani album made at home in 20 years. As a result, the album places a renewed emphasis on lyrics and vocals. Eight of the 11 selections are songs, and the words come from such Latin American poets as Nicolas Guillen, Eugenio Ilona, and Patricio Manns. The same seamless harmonies that characterize the group's instrumental work are present in its singing, which is dominated by joined voices rather than solos. Inti-Illimani explicitly address the issue of their exile in the slow, ghostly "El Equipage del Destierro" ("The Luggage of the Banished"). In the CD booklet's English translation, Manns's words are, "I will let you assume that I abandoned my people, that I fled, breaking the cruel threshold as a terrified puma.... Yet I must confess I did not misplace one single grain of pollen, since they will not be able to separate me from this land." By contrast, other songs translated as "Loving You Dark Woman Till Death," "Elegant Look," and "Mulatto Woman" are lively, percussion-driven celebrations of romance and sensuality. --Geoffrey Himes
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German Mollo Aguila | 10/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Groups such as Inti-Illimani and Quilapayun have been criticised by some of their early fans for regressing into an easier, less political style of music. Somebody wrote a critique above comparing their recent work and this cd to Julio Iglesias... I wonder whether these fans would have preferred the dictatorship in Chile to have continued, so that Inti Illimani could sing more tunes of Victor Jara or songs such as "pueblo unido"...Andadas is a unique CD. The lyrics and the music are comparable to the best the group has composed and performed so far -- I recommend it fully!"
Siempre los Inti descubriendo América.
German Mollo Aguila | Santiago, Región Metropolitana Chile | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Un disco difícil de hacer, pues representa el termino del exilio y el recomenzar en Chile su vida artística, consagrando lo que siempre hacían en reuniones familiares, cantar rancheras y valses. Dándonos un hermoso conjunto de canciones e instrumentales, simplemente andando sobre América Latina, la tan humilde, la tan sabia."