Victor Jara (Folk Singer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez was a Chilean teacher, theater director, poet, singer-songwriter and communist political activist tortured and killed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. He developed Chilean theater by directing a broad array of works, ranging from locally produced plays to world classics, as well as the experimental work of playwrights such as Ann Jellicoe. He also played a pivotal role among neo-folkloric musicians who established the Nueva Canción Chilena movement. This led to an uprising of new sounds in popular music during the administration of President Salvador Allende. Jara was arrested shortly after the Chilean coup of 11 September 1973, which overthrew Allende. He was tortured during interrogations and ultimately shot dead, and his body was thrown out on the street of a shantytown in Santiago.

Birth name: Víctor Lidio Jara Martínez
Born: September 28, 1932, San Ignacio, Chile
Origin: Chillán Viejo, Chile
Died: September 16, 1973, Santiago, Chile
Genres: Folk, Nueva canción, Andean music
Occupation(s): Singer/songwriter, poet, theatre director, academic, social activist
Instruments: Vocals, Spanish guitar
Years active: 1959–1973
Labels: EMI-Odeon, DICAP/Alerce, Warner Music Group
Associated acts: Violeta Parra, Patricio Castillo, Quilapayún, Inti-Illimani, Patricio Manns, Ángel Parra, Isabel Parra, Sergio Ortega, Pablo Neruda, Daniel Viglietti, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Joan Baez, Dean Reed, Silvio Rodríguez, Holly Near, Cornelis Vreeswijk
Website: Víctor Jara’s Official site
IMDb: Víctor Jara’s IMDb

About Victor Jara

Chilean theatre director and neo-folk singer who was in the music group Cuncumen.

Before Fame

He was already doing land labor when he was six years old due to his family’s poverty.


He was imprisoned after the Chilean coup of September 1973 and was brutally tortured before being shot dead.

Family Life

He was born to peasant farmers.


He was born in the same country as singer Alejandro Silva.

Information related to Víctor Jara

  • Nueva canción – Nueva canción is a social movement and musical genre in Iberian America and the Iberian peninsula, characterized by folk-inspired styles and socially committed lyrics.
  • 1973 Chilean coup d’état – The 1973 Chilean coup d’état was the overthrow of the socialist President of Chile Salvador Allende by the army and national police.
  • University of Santiago, Chile alumni
  • People murdered in Chile
  • Chilean theatre directors
  • Communist Party of Chile politicians
  • Chilean folk singers
  • Chilean educators
  • Chilean male actors
  • Chilean Christians
  • Chilean Marxists
  • Assassinated Chilean people
  • Latin American folk singers
  • Chilean torture victims
  • Nueva canción musicians
  • Chilean academics
  • Marxist humanists
  • Executed writers
  • 20th-century Chilean poets
  • Chilean male poets
  • Anti-fascists
  • University of Chile alumni
  • Political music
  • Former Roman Catholics

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Latest information about Victor Jara updated on September 15, 2020.

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