This is a famous song from a Chilean social activist, beautifully reproduced by Mercedes Sosa - "Gracias a la Vida"...Mercedes Sosa
was born in on 9th July 1935 in the northwestern province San Miguel of Tucuman, of mestizo descent from French and Amerindian background.
In 1950, aged fifteen, she won a local radio station singing competition and was given a contract to perform for two months.
Sosa and her first husband, Manuel Oscar Matus, were key players in the mid-60s nueva canción
movement. Her first record was Canciones con Fundamento
, a collection of Argentine folk songs.
In 1967, Sosa toured with great success the United States and Europe.
In the early 1970s, Sosa released two concept albums in collaboration with composer Ariel Ramírez and lyricist Félix Luna: Cantata Sudamericana and Mujeres Argentinas
(Argentine Women). She also recorded a tribute to Chilean poet Violeta Parra.
A supporter of Perón in her youth, she has favored leftist causes throughout her life. After the military junta of Jorge Videla came to power in 1976, the atmosphere in Argentina grew increasingly oppressive. At a concert in La Plata in 1979, Sosa was searched and arrested on stage, and the attending crowd was arrested.
Banned in her own country, she moved to Paris and then to Madrid.
Sosa returned to Argentina in 1982, several months before the military regime collapsed as a result of the Falklands War, and gave a series of concerts at the Opera theater in Buenos Aires, where she invited many of her younger colleagues to share the stage. A double album of recordings from these performances became an instant best seller.
Sosa is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2000 ("Misa Criolla"), 2003 ("Acustico") and 2006 ("Corazon Libre"), as well as many international awards.