singer was apparently the target of well-planned operation, officials say
one of the popular singers of Latin America's most admired, Facundo Cabral, was assassinated in an ambush by gunmen in Guatemala on Saturday.
Interior Minister Carlos Menocal said Argentine singer and novelist was on the way to the main airport in Guatemala, when three armed men surrounded car Cabral vehicles and opened fire.
The minister said initial investigations indicated that bullets were for the driver, Nicaragua concert promoter Henry Cabral Fariñas, who was injured.
Cabral, 74, shot to fame in the early 1970s, belongs to a generation of singers of political protest mixed with literary lyrics and created a deep bond with an audience who are struggling for a period of revolution and repression in Latin America.
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom said he called his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, telling her to death. "It seemed to hit hard and he asked me to keep it informed of how research is developing," he told Radio Argentina 10.
while Colom blamed "those involved in organized crime. They are not killers in the street. It is a well-planned operation." The authorities said they were not sure why.Cabral became internationally known in 1970 with his song I'm not here nor there - I'm not from here nor there - that took place hundreds of times in many languages. At the time Argentina was reduced during the military regime in 1976, Cabral was identified as a protest singer, and he fled to Mexico where he kept recording, writing books and giving concerts.
His concerts were a mixture of philosophy and folklore, music and poetry word that reflects its roots in the gaucho culture of rural Argentina. On stage, we celebrate the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa, the humanism of Walt Whitman and the observations of the writer Jorge Luis Borges, Argentina.
"Facundo Cabral was our last troubadour. As a philosopher-poet, a singer, was a living testimony of the search for what unites us in culture and society," said the singer Argentina Isabel Sebastian. "After the concert, I feel that our common life has been richer, more mysterious, deeper."
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