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WORLD BRIEFING / VENEZUELA

Chavez belts out a tune for cause

November 08, 2008|Times Wire Reports

President Hugo Chavez has made a show-business appearance singing on a new compilation of revolutionary songs released by his United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Chavez, who is prone to belting out folk songs during his frequent TV appearances, sings an ode to a 19th century rebel leader on the album, "Battle Music," released to coincide with the last weeks of campaigning to elect governors and mayors.

His familiar baritone rolls over a traditional harp-led joropo backing in the song, which praises the exploits of Maisanta, a rebel from whom Chavez says he is descended.

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