Angel Parra first sang songs with his mother, the famous Chiliean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra. He and his sister Isabel made their debuts performing with the matriarch of the musical family on tour in Europe in the 1960s, making known the music of their country. Back home, the brother and sister would become leaders of Chile's "New Song" folk movement, giving voice to popular protest. In 2015, they founded the Violeta Parra Museum, which announced the news of Angel Parra's death on March 11.
Parra's daughter Javiera, a singer, and son Angel, a guitarist, both well-known rock artists in Chile. In recent years, Parra made appearances with his children, and he was considered a father to a new generation of socially-concscious Chilean artists.
The elder Angel Parra passed away from complications from cancer in a hospital in Paris, where he had lived for decades. He fled Chile after being jailed immediately following the country's 1973 military coup. Parra's ashes are to be laid to rest in Valparaiso, the Chilean city in which he was born. He was 73 years old.
Javiera and Angel were already scheduled to perform at Santiago's Bicentennial Park this Sunday, March 19, at Rec Rock, Chile's largest free festival. They were set to play a 50-minute set of their versions of their grandmother Violeta Parra's songs. The performance will now be a tribute to their father, as well as to the musical inheritance that Violeta left the family. Alex Anwandter and Alvaro Lopez of rock group Los Bunkers are among those set to appear with Javiera and Angel Parra during the festival homage.