Editors’ Notes The singer/songwriters of the Spanish-speaking world have long held a reputation for their defiant spirits and vulnerable hearts. In late-‘60s Chile, a folk movement called la nueva canción became synonymous with resistance against dictatorship, led by working-class heroes Violeta Parra and Victor Jara. In Cuba, meanwhile, Silvio Rodríguez sang of revolution and rebellion as he gorgeously finger-plucked his guitar, and in Mexico, an unlikely pop icon named Juan Gabriel plumbed the depths of human emotion with his candid songwriting. In the '90s, Uruguayan balladeer Jorge Drexler emerged, expressing a beautiful catharsis in literary pop replete with raw revelations. After the millennium turned, Devendra Banhart shook things up in the U.S. with freak folk, Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade traded her indie-rock dexterity for poetic balladry, and Chilean chanteuse Mon Laferte has risen to fame via her high-drama cabaret and sentimental tropi-pop.

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