Mercedes Sosa

On a breezy night in 1979, Mercedes Sosa, the Argentine crooner dubbed "the voice of the voiceless," was arrested along with 200 of her fans during a concert in La Plata. Sosa's crime was singing out against the brutal military regime that was ruling Argentina with violence and terror and making political dissidents disappear. Were it not for her voice, Sosa would probably have vanished too. Instead, she was released and told never to return to the country. "I had no place to sing," she later recalled. "So I had to go look for applause in Europe."

Sosa, who died Oct....

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