‘Millennium Portraits’ by Jose Luis Sepulveda
CD Review by John Williams
Jose Luis Sepulveda was born in Santiago, Chile and is now
based in Melbourne, Australia. During the early eighties he conducted
folk art research making concerts and recording songs from the region he grew
up in. In the mid eighties he migrated to Australia where he continues
his work in the Latin American tradition organizing events designed to promote
This album is straight from the heart and has been a long
time in the making. It is political in nature and may not be everyone’s
cup of tea. It is certainly challenging in its scope. If you think the
Bush family and their allies (think CIA, John Howard etc.) are doing the right
thing then avoid this like the plague. Or maybe you should purchase it to gain
an alternative point of view. Musically it has some of the finest acoustic
guitar work you will hear. Jose Luis has a beautiful voice and yet this
CD is not for easy listening. It is an important statement by an impassioned
performer. My favourite tracks were ‘Welcome to this City’, ‘The Candle’
and ‘Prayers for a Nation’.
If you like to think deeply about the ongoing World
situation regarding freedom and democratic ideals and value this type of music
then this CD would make an important addition to your collection.
This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 06 July, 2008.