The world-famed Argentine singer, social activist and folk legend Mercedes Sosa was an artist whose impact went far beyond the borders of music. She used her voice to fight South America’s dictators in the 1970s and became known as “The Voice of the Voiceless.” Her socially committed music and her outstanding authenticity made her a role model for millions of fans and a much-loved mother of Latin America.
What is it that made her so loved and her music so powerful that she made oppressive governments tremble and what was the secret behind the “mystical presence” that captivated her audiences for decades?
Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Hope charts Sosa’s remarkable life and career and provides an insightful psychological profile that reveals how Sosa’s upbringing, the political environment of her time, and her personal afflictions shaped her character, her stance, and her music and led to her enormous impact.
Besides being a personal profile of the singer and a chronicle of Latin American music, history, and politics, Christensen shares how her encounter with Mercedes Sosa transformed her life.
Christensen immersed herself in Sosa’s music and life for years and recovered from emotional trauma while connecting with Mercedes Sosa as a mother figure. With research into neuroscience, Christensen explores how a positive interpersonal relationship, mindfulness, and music can induce healing and increase well-being.
The portrait of Mercedes Sosa and Christensen’s story of how her connection with Mercedes has reinvigorated her life is enthralling and shows how the life of one person can touch the lives of many others. Mercedes Sosa, The Voice of Hope brings consolation and relief to everyone who suffers from stress, trauma, or a painful past and offers a balanced and practical approach to personal growth that can easily be accessed by anyone.
The book is richly illustrated with the author’s personal drawings of Mercedes Sosa, which she made as a part of her personal recovery process from emotional trauma during her time with Mercedes Sosa. Furthermore, the book contains multiple exquisite historical photos supporting the book’s descriptions of Mercedes Sosa and Argentine history more generally.
Anette Christensen, born and raised in Denmark, began her career by helping develop international charity programs. Later she became a language teacher for college students, and then, with her husband, ran a travel agency and a real estate agency. Now semi-retired and living in Turkey, she writes and focuses on personal growth.
For years Anette traveled in many parts of the world. Her experiences with various cultures have enabled her to engage with people with a different outlook on life than her own. She is eager to learn from others and finds joy in embracing the difference of others, spotting the uniqueness that she believes is within each individual.
It was only upon Mercedes Sosa’s death that Anette Christensen discovered this influential and important Argentine singer. Captivated by Sosa’s voice and presence, the author immersed herself in Sosa’s music and life. In doing so, Anette discovered an avenue to personal transformation and well-being that can easily be accessed by anyone. In her book on Sosa, Anette shares the singer’s story while exploring the scientific underpinnings of how connecting with another person leads to growth, something Anette discovered intuitively.
Being Danish writing in English when most sources are only available in Spanish bear witness to Anette’s “Viking mentality.” She never steps back for a challenge.
Mercedes Sosa – The Voice of Hope is the first book by Christensen and has been in the making for almost seven years. It is a product of a life fully lived and shows that Anette is a gifted storyteller.