Singer-songwriter Vitor Santana joins IICA’s tribute to food chain workers
San Jose, 22 May 2020 (IICA) – Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist, Vitor Santana, has added his voice to the campaign of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to recognize farmers and food chain workers, whose daily toil is ensuring the production, transportation, marketing and supply of food amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
With a career spanning close to 20 years, the work of Vitor Santana has influences from the leading names in Brazilian, Latin American and European popular music. His compositions are also sprinkled with the sounds of Portuguse speaking African countries, such as Cabo Verde, where he had a fruitful collaboration with Dino d’Santiago. In Minas Gerais, his birthplace, he founded the samba block or band, Bloco do Moreré, which has become one of the most prestigious carnival bands in the capital, Belo Horizonte.
UNESCO Brazil and the Brazilian Association of Supermarkets (ABRAS) have both endorsed and become a part of this campaign, while in Argentina, various government entities and the Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI) have also lent their support.
Through the campaign, IICA is seeking to direct greater political and social attention to those who keep the agroindustrial chain functioning, as well as to the farmers who are guaranteeing our food supply at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is challenging the world.The IICA initiative has already brought together the work of renowned artists from various countries in the hemisphere, who have selflessly contributed to the POPULAR MUSIC TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO WORK DAY TO DAY TO PUT FOOD ON OUR TABLES.
Gilberto Gil, León Gieco, Carlinhos Brown, Gustavo Santaolalla, Mart'nália, Maria Luiza Jobim, Tony Belloto, Paulo Miklos, Roberta Sá, Adriana Calcanhotto, Teresa Parodi, Soledad Villamil, Víctor Heredia, Hilda Lizarazu, Lidia Borda, La Charo (Tonolec), Willy Piancioli (Los Tipitos), Agustín Ronconi (Arbolito), Alejandro Davio (Mundo Alas), Anabella Zoch, Peteco Carabajal, Dolores Solá, Acho Estol (La Chicana), Adriana Varela, Ana Prada, Guadalupe Urbina, Lila Downs, the group JAYAC and Pata Kramer are just some of the performers who have selflessly and generously contributed to the IICA campaign.
You can enjoy Vitor Santana’s contribution by clicking on the link below:
The concert by the Argentinian performers who have joined this campaign can be accessed here:
In Argentina, the tribute has received the backing of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries; the Ministry of Culture of the Nation; The Ministry of Social Development; the anti-hunger program – Plan Argentina contra el Hambre; the Secretariat of Media and Public Communication; the public broadcast entity, Contenidos Públicos Sociedad del Estado and the arts foundation, Fondo Nacional de las Artes.
IICA will continue to publish the contributions of the artists participating in the campaign on all its digital platforms and on those of its partners in this initiative, using the following hashtags on social media:
Institutional Communication Division, IICA