La Población is a music album recorded by Víctor Jara and released in 1972.
The album included the collaborative work between Jara and the Chilean writer Alejandro Sieveking.
The other artists included on the album were, Isabel Parra (on the opening track, “Lo único que tengo”), Bélgica Castro, Huamarí, and Cantamaranto .
- “Lo único que tengo” (The only thing I own)
- “En el río Mapocho” (In the Mapocho River)
- “La toma – 16 marzo 1967” (The takeover – 16 March 1967)
- “La carpa de las coligüillas” (The tent of the local hookers)
- “El hombre es un creador” (Man is a creator)
- “Herminda de la Victoria” (Hermindra of Victory) (Alejandro Sieveking, Jara)
- “Sacando pecho y brazo” (Rolling up your sleeves)
- “Marcha de los pobladores” (March of the town folk)
On the morning of September 12, Jara was taken, along with thousands of others, as a prisoner to the Chile Stadium (renamed the Estadio Víctor Jara in September 2003). In the hours and days that followed, many of those detained in the stadium were tortured and killed there by the military forces. Jara was repeatedly beaten and tortured; the bones in his hands were broken as were his ribs.
Fellow political prisoners have testified that his captors mockingly suggested that he play guitar for them as he lay on the ground. Defiantly, he sang part of a song supporting the Popular Unity coalition. After further beatings, he was machine-gunned on September 15 and his body dumped on a road on the outskirts of Santiago, and then taken to a city morgue.
Closing credits of the East German film “El Cantor”(1977) directed by Dean Reed.The film is dedicated to the well-known Chilean singer Victor Jara who was killed during the military coup in 1973.
“Vaterunser An Einen Bauern”/”Plagaria A Un Labrador”
Victor Jara’s song, German lyrics: Gisela Steineckert