Victor Heredia

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Víctor Heredia
Background information
Birth name Víctor Ramón Cournou Heredia
Born (1947-01-24) 24 January 1947
Origin Buenos Aires, Argentina
Genres Folk music
Occupation(s) Singer, Activist
Years active 1968–present

Víctor Heredia (born in Buenos Aires, on 24 January 1947) is an Argentine singer songwriter. Author of Taki Ongoy, a symphonic work about Taki Ongoy, a millenarian movement against the Spanish conquest.


He was born in the neighborhood of Monserrat, in the city of Buenos Aires, though he grew up in Paso del Rey, a city in the Moreno area of Greater Buenos Aires. His paternal family is of French origin, whereas his maternal grandmother was of Capayán indigenous origin, born in the Calchaquí Valleys, in the province of Catamarca.[1] When he was young, he won the newcomer's prize in the Cosquín Festival. Many of his songs address what he see as the social problems in Latin American and various human rights issues. He has recorded with various artists, such as Joan Manuel Serrat, Mercedes Sosa, León Gieco, Milton Nascimento, el Cuarteto Zupay [the Zupay Quartet], Silvio Rodríguez, and Pablo Milanés, amongst others.

He was banned during the military Argentine dictatorship, which started in 1976. This dictatorship left around 30,000 missing persons including his sister, Maria Cristina. Heredia collaborates closely with organizations that denounce the crimes of the dictatorship, such as the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo and the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, and also with organizations of indigenous peoples.

His works include Todavía Cantamos ("Still We Sing"), Sobreviviendo ("Surviving"), El viejo Matías ("The old man Matías"), Dulce Daniela ("Sweet Daniela"), and Razón de vivir ("Reason to live"). His albums include Taki Ongoy, a conceptual work composed in 1986 in homage to Taki Ongoy, an indigenous movement that arose in the sixteenth century (1560 - 1572) in opposition to the Spanish invasion.




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