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Mercedes Sosa

1935 - 2009

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Haydée Mercedes Sosa (American Spanish: [meɾˌsedes ˈsosa]; 9 July 1935 – 4 October 2009), sometimes known as La Negra (lit. 'The Black One', an affectionate nickname for people with a darker complexion in Argentina), was an Argentine singer who was popular throughout Latin America and many countries outside the region. With her roots in Argentine folk music, Sosa became one of the preeminent exponents of El nuevo cancionero. She gave voice to songs written by many Latin American songwriters. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mercedes Sosa has received more than 674,080 page views. Her biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Mercedes Sosa is the 96th most popular singer (down from 94th in 2019), the 18th most popular biography from Argentina and the most popular Argentinean Singer.

Mercedes Sosa is a famous Argentine singer and songwriter. She was a major figure in the Latin American New Song Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • 670k

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  • 65.21

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  • 49

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.40

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.67

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, Mercedes Sosa ranks 96 out of 3,528Before her are Art Garfunkel, Meat Loaf, Yma Sumac, Robin Gibb, Morrissey, and Robert Plant. After her are Gloria Gaynor, Donna Summer, Alla Pugacheva, Gigliola Cinquetti, Enya, and Nina Hagen.

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Among people born in 1935, Mercedes Sosa ranks 27Before her are Isao Takahata, Ágota Kristóf, Faisal II of Iraq, Fairuz, Omar Sívori, and Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. After her are John Cazale, Bibi Andersson, Omar Bongo, Gherman Titov, Udo Lattek, and Adnan Khashoggi. Among people deceased in 2009, Mercedes Sosa ranks 13Before her are Roh Moo-hyun, David Carradine, Aage Bohr, Maurice Jarre, Millvina Dean, and Farrah Fawcett. After her are Ted Kennedy, Omar Bongo, Les Paul, Robert McNamara, Vivian Maier, and Karl Malden.

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In Argentina

Among people born in Argentina, Mercedes Sosa ranks 18 out of 1,019Before her are Lionel Messi (1987), Jorge Rafael Videla (1925), Isabel Martínez de Perón (1931), José de San Martín (1778), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (1953), and Omar Sívori (1935). After her are Carlos Menem (1930), Leopoldo Galtieri (1926), Mario Kempes (1954), Carlos Reutemann (1942), Gabriel Batistuta (1969), and Marcelo Bielsa (1955).

Among SINGERS In Argentina

Among singers born in Argentina, Mercedes Sosa ranks 1After her are Atahualpa Yupanqui (1908), Facundo Cabral (1937), Sandro de América (1945), Luis Alberto Spinetta (1950), Ricardo Montaner (1957), Roberto Goyeneche (1926), Gilda (1961), León Gieco (1951), Andrés Calamaro (1961), Marcelo Álvarez (1962), and Diego Torres (1971).