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Vocals , Guitar Atahualpa Yupanqui 31 January — 23 May was an Argentine singer, songwriter, guitarist , and writer. He is considered the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century. His father was Argentine, descended from indigenous people, while his mother was born in the Basque country. In a bow to two legendary Incan kings, he adopted the stage name Atahualpa Yupanqui, which became famous the world over.
In his early years, Yupanqui travelled extensively through the northwest of Argentina and the Altiplano studying the indigenous culture. He also became radicalized and joined the Communist Party of Argentina. After the uprising was defeated, he was forced to seek refuge in Uruguay.
He returned to Argentina in In , Yupanqui paid his first visit to Buenos Aires ; his compositions were growing in popularity, and he was invited to perform on the radio. Shortly thereafter, he made the acquaintance of pianist Antonieta Paula Pepin Fitzpatrick, nicknamed "Nenette", who became his lifelong companion and musical collaborator under the pseudonym "Pablo Del Cerro". He left for Europe in This record won first prize for Best Foreign Disc at the Charles Cros Academy, which included three hundred fifty participants from all continents in its International Folklore Contest He subsequently toured extensively throughout Europe.
In , Yupanqui returned to Buenos Aires. He broke with the Communist Party, which made it easier for him to book radio performances. In , he toured Spain, and settled in Paris. In February , Yupanqui was named Knight of Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France by the Ministry of Culture of that country, in honor of 18 years work enriching the literature of the French nation. Some of his songs are included in the programs of Institutes and Schools where Castilian Literature is taught.
In , an important cultural center of France, the University of Nanterre, asked Yupanqui to write the lyrics of a cantata to commemorate the Bicentennial of the French Revolution. It was not a recollection of historical facts but rather a tribute to all the oppressed peoples that freed themselves. Best-known songs.
Duerme Duerme Negrito