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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Victor Jara, Chilean Folksinger Killed After Coup (VIDEO)

09/17/2013 02:00 pm 14:00:08

The Boss has just boosted his Latino cred.

Bruce Springsteen gave a tribute in Spanish to Chilean folksinger Víctor Jara at a concert in Santiago the day after the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup that overthrew the elected government of Salvador Allende, according to The Nation. The military dictatorship led by Augusto Pinochet tortured and killed the leftwing Jara in the aftermath of the coup.

“Chile was in our hearts,” Springsteen said, recalling his participation in the 1988 Amnesty International Human Rights Now! World Tour, before mentioning Jara as an inspiration to politically minded musicians. The speech, delivered in Spanish, drew cheers from the crowd.

He then launched into a performance of Jara’s “Manifesto,” which many believe to be the last song penned by the musician before his death on Sept. 16, 1973, according to The Nation.

Watch Bruce Springsteen’s performance in the video above.

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