November 11, 1989 |
The exile of Chilean folk group Inti-Illimani came suddenly. The group was on a European tour in 1973 when Chile's Socialist government of Salvador Allende was toppled in a bloody military coup. Inti-Illimani--which had been associated with the left-wing-oriented nueva cancion (new song) movement--was forbidden to return to Santiago. Permission to return home came just as suddenly only last year, at the unexpected invitation of the same military government that had banished them.