Canciones de siempre (lost musical album produced by Venezuelan ex-president Hugo Chávez; 2007)
Canciones de siempre (Songs of Always translated in English) is a musical album produced and performed by the defunct ex-president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez. Chávez's mandate was always identified by his left-wing alignment, supporting nations whose governments maintained a similar stance. Among his oppositors, they viewed the politician as a populist and denounced his government for corruption, but above all, its remarkable political propaganda.
In May 1999, three months after won the elections, Hugo Chávez would host a radio show called Aló Presidente (Hello President translated in English), in which he discussed aspects of his government and problems of Venezuelan society. For a while, spectators were also allowed to interact with him through phone calls. Aló Presidente was strongly criticized for being considered an obvious propaganda that intervened in the media, since not only did they speak discursively about the government, but even Chávez himself went so far as to direct military orders on live.
In 2007, Chávez would present during the radio show a musical album that compiled regional songs from Venezuela and Mexican "rancheras", all performed by him. The former president was already known for singing during his speeches and political campaigns, even singing with the Mexican artist Vicente Fernández. In Chávez's words, the album was recorded by Teresa Maniglia, press officer and host of the radio show, as "another of her mischievefs".
Chávez showed the cover of the CD in which he appeared with a "llanero" hat and a microphone in hand. However, he did not mention the songs that appeared on it, limiting himself to say that those were typical songs. He also did not mention if the album would put on sale, although some media declared that it would be distributed for free among the Venezuelan population.
It is unknown if the album was released to the public or if only Chávez had a copy. The songs, as well as the number of tracks, are also unknown, although it is believed that they could have been songs performed during Aló Presidente or covers of Vicente Fernández's songs. Interestingly, the album is listed on Rate Your Music, possibly as a joke.
- Chávez declarations about the album. Retrieved 12 Jul '21
- El Observador's note announcing the album. Retrieved 12 Jul '21
- CanalTrans's entry discussing the content of the album. Retrieved 12 Jul '21
- Canciones de siempre listed on Rate Your Music. Retrieved 12 Jul '21