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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

Nano Stern is Chile’s Newest Folk-Loving Musical Hero

“The culture of Chile is a complete unknown [in the United States],” says singer-songwriter Nano Stern. “For my performance, that makes for a very fresh context.”

Take his looks. Long locks of hair dangling past a bristly beard pencil him as either a rockeroor folk singer. But his signature fedora signals a jazzy cool that, in the United States, doesn’t really make sense with the rest of his appearance but in Chile helps to peg Stern as an innovative standard-bearer for nueva canción, Chile’s beloved social-movement music.

Read more on my latest feature for Gustavo Arellano's Weekly!

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