On Monday 30 October 2017, Uruguayan singer and songwriter Daniel Viglietti died in Montevideo. He was 78 years old. He had just returned from Chile, where he celebrated the centenary of the birth of Viloleta Parra and from Bolivia, where he paid tribute in Vallegrande to Che Guevara, 50 years after his assassination. He was left alone: first Idea Vilariño went, then Mario Benedetti. They were followed by Eduardo Galeano and three weeks ago, his friend for 60 years, the musicologist Coriún Aharonian. Daniel is still living, in his songs. The best known, A deslambrar, became a hymn of the peoples of Abya Yala.
Down The Barriers
I ask those present.
If they’ve never stopped to think.
That this land is ours, and not to those who have more.
I ask that if on this earth, you’ve never stopped to think.
That if these hands are ours, isn’t it ours what they give.
Down with the barriers, down the barriers.
The land is ours, yours and his.
Of Pedro and Maria, of Juan and Jose.
If I bother with my song, someone going about over there.