MONTEVIDEO – Uruguayan singer-songwriter Daniel Viglietti, who died this week at 78, was “a fighter for social justice, a singer and composer in love with beauty and justice,” wife Lourdes Villafaña said on Tuesday.
“We should continue remembering him alive, strong, passionate, with his songs and his commitment, an engagement he kept all his life and until the end, with his passion for singing, for beauty, for nature and for human rights,” she told reporters at the wake in Montevideo.
Viglietti died Monday of heart failure while undergoing surgery.
Her husband was composing songs for a new record in the months before his death, Villafaña said, adding that she will work with family and friends to keep the musician’s legacy alive.
Former President Jose Mujica was among the many prominent Uruguayans to make an appearance at the wake for Viglietti.
“This man and this guitar, and this message and this singing for more than 40 years, was sowing seeds of utopia, of tradition, and the dream of a humankind that is a little better,” Mujica said.
Viglietti, according to Mujica, belongs to a vanishing generation.
“Perhaps, in the cultural area, Uruguayan society is still paying the price of the (1973-1985) dictatorship,” the former president said, referring to an era when he was in prison and Viglietti in exile.
Viglietti is considered one of Latin America’s greatest exponents of popular song. His repertoire included the 1969 “A desalambrar,” (Tear Down the Fences) which became an international anthem of land reform.