Friday, November 04, 2011

Musical Interlude: Sting



One of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
"They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)" is actually a protest song written by Sting that refers to Chilean women, mourning the "disappearances" of their loved ones, their sons, fathers, husbands, brothers.
The women would take to the streets, to dance the Cueca, the national dance of Chile, while holding photographs of their disappeared loved ones in their hands or pinned to their skirts. 
This song as a symbolic gesture of protest against the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet whose regime killed thousands of people between 1973 and 1990. 
At an Amnesty International concert I attended in Los Angeles, while Sting sang this song, nearly 50 Chilean women came onstage with photos of their lost husbands and sons in their hands or pinned in their clothing, and they danced alone.

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