(EDIC)Cueca, the Everlasting Party/PVH
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It is said that after 800 years of Arab/Spanish syncretism in Iberia it`s primal poetry, way of singing and composition crossed the ocean with the Spaniards and got to the Americas where in it`s southern cone evolved with the indigenous Mapuche oral tradition to become "La Cueca" or "Chilena" traditional music. During colonial times until the establishment of the republic it was mainly sang, danced, and cultivated in rural areas. As industrial revolution made it`s way across the globe major Chilean cities like Valparaiso and Santiago attracted people from the rural areas adding them to a hard reality of misery, prostitution, crime nevertheless an everlasting party with street market and patriotic themes became part of popular communication and generation to generation oral tradition. It had it`s most glorious days during the 1950 and 1960 where the bohemian nights of Santiago and Valparaiso gathered musicians, artists, journalists, poets and intellectuals into the old popular tradition. With the 1973 coup that lead to the 17 year Pinochet dictatorship "La Cueca" was banned and officially "forgotten". This is a reportage about the reborn of "La Cueca" as new generations have gathered with the old ones.