Chile – between the mountains and the sea, the poets and musicians sing of the land and the heart. This month’s mix features poets Vicente Huidobro, Pablo Neruda, and Nicanor Parra, plus a focus on the expressionistic poetics of Cecilia Vicuña, Como Asesinar a Felipes, and Kali Mutsa, and the delicate, fierce, Violeta Parra. Also some favourite folktronic producers including Lata / MMNI, Matanza, and Australia’s Galambo.  

Tracklist

Como Asesinar a Felipes - Elipse, Interior Parte I
Cecilia Vicuña - Melinko Lauen / Medicine Mist of the Waterfall
Mateo Kingman - Sendero del Monte (Matanza Remix)
Nicanor Parra & Violeta Parra - Defensa de Violeta Parra
LATA - Siesta En La Lisera
Vicente Huidobro - En
MMNI - Night Walk
Kali Mutsa & Imaabs - Inglis
Como Asesinar a Felipes - Elipse, Interior Parte II
Kali Mutsa & Imaabs - Eder
Galambo - Los Oficios
Pablo Neruda - Poema Nº 5
Mantanza - Violeta Parra – Santiago Penando Estas (Matanza Edit)
Violeta Parra - Volver a los 17
Cecilia Vicuña - Oro Es Tu Hilar / Gold Is Your Spinning
Como Asesinar a Felipes - Elipse, Exterior Parte I
Cecilia Vicuña - El Agua Es El Oro / Water Is the Gold

Notes on the show

Get into some hot code-switching, courtesy Kali Mutsa

The album Elipse from Como Asesinar a Felipes is totally intriguing and multi-layered. I definitely recommend you listen to the album in full, excerpts in mixes like this hopefully inspire you to go and do so. It's on iTunes – click the album cover at the top of this page, or below to go to CAF's website, where you'll find some very compelling evidence ... 

Finalmente ... If you are looking for a deep introduction to Violeta Parra, the way I really delved into her work came about through the film Violeta se fue a los cielos (Violeta went to heaven) Directed by Chile's Andrés Wood and loosely based on Ángel Parra's memoirs of his mother. One of the most beautiful and complex films I've seen in a long time. And it definitely was the catalyst for me to immerse myself in her beautiful and complex voice, as her brother puts it in his poem, 

Poesía
………. pintura
…………………. agricultura
Todo lo haces a las mil maravillas
Sin el menor esfuerzo
Como quien se bebe una copa de vino.
Pero los secretarios no te quieren
Y te cierran la puerta de tu casa
Y te declaran la guerra a muerte
Viola doliente.
Porque tú no te vistes de payaso
Porque tú no te compras ni te vendes
Porque hablas la lengua de la tierra
Viola chilensis.
¡Porque tú los aclaras en el acto!