Argentina folksinger, musician and songwriter Carlos Alberto “Chango” Nieto died Jan. 31 of undisclosed causes in Buenos Aires. He was 64.
A native of the northern province of Salta, Nieto won the revelation talent award at the annual National Folklore Festival in Cosquin, Cordoba, sparking a career in which he recorded more than 600 songs and took his music to Canada, Europe and the U.S. Among his most famous compositions were “Desde el alma,” “Salta de mi ninez,” “En pampa de los guanacos” and “Luna cautiva.”
Nieto participated in films like Delfor Maria Beccaglia’s 1965 “Cosquin, amor y folklore,” a romance built around folk music, and Juan Antonio Serna’s 1969 “El cantor enamorado,” the story of a young folksinger trying to make it big, as well as in Fernando Ayala and Hector Olivera’s 1972 music docu “Argentinisima.”
He is survived by his wife and a daughter, also a folksinger.