Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908-1992) is regarded as the greatest interpreter of Argentinean folklore. As a guitarist, singer, composer and poet he left us works which bring us closer to the musical soul of South America. Yupanqui knew equally well to sing about simple rural and philosophical-universal subjects while always applying the same plain language of popular poetry and song. Atahualpa Yupanqui was born in 1908 in Pergamino in the Argentinean pampas, about 200 kilometers away from the city of Buenos Aires. Baptized Héctor Roberto Chavero Aramburu, he later adopted – in a bow to two legendary Inca kings – the stage name Atahualpa Yupanqui which became famous around the world.
On this CD – a live cut of his second concert in Cologne – Atahualpa Yupanqui presents a program of instrumentals, folkloric dances and melodies written for a good part by unknown authors. During his concert Yupanqui recites two of his poems: “Canción para Pablo Neruda”, an homage to the great poet Pablo Neruda from Chile, and “Si me veis mirando lejos” – dedicated to the guitar that became vocation and destination to Yupanqui.