Mercedes Sosa - The Voice of Hope

Mercedes Sosa - The Voice of Hope : My life-transforming encounter

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If you like courageous women and untold stories of heroism, solidarity and compassion, then you'll love this powerful biography.




The Argentine folk singer, Mercedes Sosa, was a world-class performer, whose influence went far beyond the borders of music. Nicknamed, "The Voice of the Voiceless", Sosa used her voice to transmit the strength and fire needed for cultural and personal change. For decades, Sosa was a dynamic force in shaping Latin America.




Mercedes Sosa - The Voice of Hope is a history lesson, a touching tribute, and a triumphant memoir all in one. It shows the power of art to transcend cultural differences and to unite us in what is most human.




The first part of the book chronicles Sosa's spiritual, political, and artistic journey and offers a psychological profile that displays insights into the artist's character and actions. Danish author, Anette Christensen paints a portrait that incorporates the colors of despair, triumph, love, fear, and all the other human emotions that define a life, - in this case, the life of one of the greatest contemporary artists in Latin America.




In the second part Christensen captures the restorative impact of compassion and affection and frames the understanding of how connecting with Sosa and Sosa's music helped her overcome her own illness and emotional traumas. It is a brave offering from Christensen, authentic and at times vulnerable.




Through principles from interpersonal neurobiology, Christensen shows how relationships and connection have the power to heal and how music and mindfulness can help rewire the brain. By doing so, Christensen has developed a useful and an applicable roadmap to recovery for anyone who struggles with a painful past. This narrative calls out for the best in all of us. It empowers us to be ourselves and to overcome life challenges.




Over almost 10 years Christensen undertook more than 7000 hours of research. This included watching documentaries, reading articles, listening to songs and communicating with Sosa's family and friends and others who met her in person. Today she is a recognized Mercedes Sosa ambassador throughout the world.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 318g
  • English
  • 42 Illustrations
  • 8799821656
  • 9788799821655
  • 901,344

Review quote

"In this work, you will find a new and touching perspective on our beloved Mercedes. It is a heartfelt and affectionate tribute honoring the life of my mother. Thank you, Anette, for all your efforts in the name of the Mercedes Sosa Foundation."

-Fabián Matus, son of Mercedes Sosa and president of The Mercedes Sosa Foundation.

"Christensen writes in the present-tense, which gives it an immediacy that's not only powerful and gripping, but it helps to bring this remarkable woman to life. The writing itself is clear, unpretentious and often eloquent, much like Sosa's music. There are times when the author's voice and creativity blends with the material, which is often the case in good historical writing. It's impossible for a biographer to know for sure what a subject is thinking, for example, but in using good research together with a well-honed instinct and empathy, delivering those thoughts to the reader can be a transcendent as well as informative experience. Christensen manages this beautifully." -Charles Musser, film historian, documentary maker, author and professor of Film and Media Studies

"The Author's profound connection with Mercedes Sosa and subsequent transformation is a testament of the restoring impact of positive connections. The author does more than just entertain the reader or spark the reader's interest. She spreads hope and knowledge."

-Pauline Skeates, Therapist, Director of Insight-International and Developer of Insight Focused Therapy, New Zealand
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