Organization of La Matria Fest, through a letter to the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, presents Cecilia Pantoja Levi as a candidate for the award. “It represents one of the most atypical and surprising phenomena of Chilean popular music,” says the missive aimed at the distribution.
Through her Twitter account, the organization of La Matria Fest, announced that she will apply to the singer Cecilia Pantoja Levi for the National Prize for Musical Arts. In its message, La Matria invites users to support with a signature the application of “The Incomparable”. In the missive addressed to the Ministry of Cultures, Arts and Heritage, it is noted that “Cecilia Pantoja Levi represents one of the most atypical and surprising phenomena of Chilean popular music. Although he bursts as a soloist in the heart of the New Wave, rising around the mid-1960s as the greatest youth star of the time, his style and repertoire do not respond fully to the mold of movement.” “While the peers of her generation were simply dubring the hit songs in the United States or, the more, proposing a light and elementary pop, Cecilia acquired her own personality with a diverse catalog of songs that largely came from the Latin and European musical tradition,” the letter adds. The collective that posits Cecilia to the award adds in the message that “today with the rise of feminist demands, the figure of Cecilia becomes more powerful, having questioned early and from the musical art, the stereotypes of gender. Having allowed the freedom to build on themselves, an androgynous image in which her femininity was dressed in trousers and short hair, at a time when a very conservative ‘duty to be’ was scorning women’s lives.”