31 January: Remembering Atahualpa Yupanqui on Birthday

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Atahualpa Yupanqui

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Atahualpa Yupanqui (31 January 1908 – 23 May 1992) was an Argentine singer, songwriter, guitarist, and writer. He is considered the most important Argentine folk musician of the 20th century.

Life and Career

He was born on 31 January 1908 in Peru, he later moved to Argentina where he developed his unique style of folk music that combined indigenous Andean music with Spanish and European influences. He is considered one of the most important figures in Argentine folk music, and his work has had a significant influence on later generations of musicians in the country. Yupanqui lived a nomadic life, traveling throughout South America and Europe, performing and recording his music. He died in 1992, but his music continues to be popular and highly regarded.

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He died on 23 May 1992 in Nîmes, France at an age of 84.

Award and Legacy

Atahualpa Yupanqui received several awards and honors throughout his career, including the National Prize for Arts and Sciences in the Folklore category in Argentina. His music continues to be widely popular in South America and is considered an important part of Argentine cultural heritage. He is widely regarded as the “king of Argentine folk music” and has been a major influence on later generations of folk musicians. His songs and music have been covered by many artists, and his work continues to be performed and studied today. In addition, his life and work have inspired several books, films, and other cultural works that aim to preserve and promote his legacy.

On 31 January 2012, Google Doodle celebrated Atahualpa Yupanqui’s 104th Birthday.

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