CANTORA – Melisa Fernández Nitsche – “Unlock the Legacy”

A heartfelt celebration of a voice that is not as widely recognized as it should be, particularly outside of Latin America.

By Melisa Fernández Nitsche ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 12, 2023

The life and legacy of Argentinian singer and social activist Mercedes Sosa, known as “the voice of the voiceless,” is explored in this book. Born in a region of vibrant valleys and high mountain peaks, Sosa gained attention for her voice in a radio competition and went on to sing folk songs, accompanying herself on a bombo drum, in support of social causes. Her protest songs were seen as a threat by the military dictatorship that came to power in the late 1970s, leading to her arrest during a concert and years of exile.

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The author focuses on Sosa’s spirit and legacy, relegating biographical details to an appended timeline. Her iconic figure is depicted standing on stage, behind bars, or amid banner-wielding marchers, and the warm swirls of color throughout make clear the power of her voice. Sosa passed away in 2009, but a playlist in the backmatter will help younger audiences understand what they’ve been missing.

Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023
ISBN: 9780593645970

Page Count: 48
Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023