1988, Edinburgh. I organized
this symbolic referendum.
Front page on The Scotsman.
I am a cultural worker
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I am a singer/songwriter/musician
I am a self-taught musician and singer. I play Spanish guitar, Bolivian
charango, Venezuelan Cuatro, Colombian Triple and a bit of Bolivian
Quena. I have written more than 50 songs. I have been singing in
Scotland for more than 30 years, becoming perhaps the oldest Latin-American
performer in Scotland. I always sing in Spanish. My music and style
have been inspired by the great Chilean folklorists, Violeta Parra,
Victor Jara and by the "New Song" movement of the Americas
of the 60s and 70s. My music also has been shaped by important events
in recent Chilean history: The Presidency of Salvador Allende (1970-1973)
and the Pinochet dictatorship (1973-1990). As I have been widely
exposed to the Scottish folk scene I have also been influenced by
Scotland musical culture.
I have performed all over Scotland, Britain and abroad - in
Chile, Peru, Canada, Italy and Sweden. I have performed many times
in live shows for BBC radio ("Travelling Folk", "The
Usual Suspects", Burns Supper celebrations, etc.) In December
2003 I featured for a half hour BBC radio programme called The World
on our Streets". "Arredondo has the kind of voice that
could chant the Santiago telephone directory and still tug the listener".
Alastair Clark, The Scotsman.
Solidarity work:Chilean earthquake and Tsunami 27th of February 2010.
On the 1st of May 2010 I, with a small group of people of a variety of nationalities, organized a huge ceilidh, we called it “Chile in Need” at the Tollcross Community Centre in Edinburgh to raise funds to help fishermen in Chile to acquire a new boat we called “Chiledonia 8.8” to replace the ones that they had lost in the Tsunami that followed the powerful earthquake (8,8 Richter scale). Musicians and dancers from Scotland, Chile and Spain came to perform for free. The event was a big success. We gather that night about £3000 which served us to buy a proper boat shown on the left of this page.
The sour note:
At our event we also had raffles of small items and I had written a letter to the Harry Potter's writer J.K Rowling requesting her kindly to donate one of her book, with her signature on it, to raffle on the night of our event. My request was flatly declined by her Public Assistant. See letter above.
CHILE IN NEED video
realizado por mi amigo venezolano Pedro Rivera.
write poetry and I promote the poetry of others
As I am a keen reader of Chilean poetry I have always encouraged
poetry and the works of poet Pablo Neruda has been a constant feature
in my cultural activities. I have always involved Scottish poets
in my work and in many occasions I have been invited to take part,
as a musician, in poetry events. In recent years I began to write
my own poetry and although nothing has been published yet I have
been invited, as a poet, to take part in poetry events in Scotland
and Sweden. Some of my poems have been translated into English and
I have translated other's people poems from the English into Spanish.
I promote other people's music
The songs and music of Chileans songwriters Violeta Parra, Victor
Jara, Patricio Manns, and of the Chilean band Inti-illimani have
always been part of my repertoire. I also sung songs by Argentinean
Atahualpa Yupanqui, Leon Gieco, Mercedes Sosa. I also sing Chilean
traditional songs and songs from the Latin American repertoire.
Also sing songs from what we call in Chile "El repertorio popular"
("the "Popular Repertoire"): boleros, tangos, Peruvian
waltzes, and love songs. I have always encouraged to have in my
cultural activities Scottish musicians and singers.
I give concerts of my own songs From time to time I organise my own concerts. I write songs and I want them to be heard. I am normally accompanied by the classical guitarist Galo Ceron..
I founded Latin America Canta en Edimburgo (LACE)
We, Latin Americans, loved singing our songs, and knowing this, I thought that it was a good idea from me to invite members of our Latin American Community in Edinburgh to sing for pleasure. Our reportoire goes from Mexico to Chile and Argentina. We have done already, in a two years period, a good number of public appearances.
I also invited the member of LACE, a wonderful group of dedicated people, to help me to organise the Smallest Latin American Festival in the World. This had been a very interesting an enriching experience for all of us. The Festival had been active in the last two years. Everything had been done with our own effort.
The Smallest Latin American Festival in the Word is a first attempt to put together a modest and meaningful programme to reflect the lives of ordinary Latin Americans living and working in Scotland. As a group, we hope to achieve many interesting things in the future. See Interview ( In Spanish)
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I have written extensively about my life in Chile.
I can explain nothing about me, about Chile, my political commitment
if I do not provide those interested in Chile with an account of
my background in the social and political context of my country.
Years ago I began to write, "Una Detallada Reflexion de mi
Barrio" ("A Detailed Reflection on my Neighborhood")
with a view to preserve in writing a story of my barrio which is
in fact, "the Chile" of my nostalgia. I am proud to say
that a tiny bit of Santiago of Chile has a written story. In some
ways the Scottish Statistical Accounts provided me with ideas to
write about my barrio.
I consider myself an enthusiastic keeper of the history of Chilean
exiles in Scotland.
On the 10th of October of 1974 a group of Chilean political exiles
left London on a coach for Glasgow. It was the first group of poltical exiles in Scotlad and I was one of them. A small
group of Chileans from that bus, continued their journey towards Edinburgh.
We were in Scotland as a direct result of the bloody coup of the
11th of September of 1973 and carried out by General Augusto Pinochet
against the democratically elected Socialist Government of Salvador
Since my arrival I have been busy collecting all type of
material related to the Chilean refugees in Scotland and the relationship
that existed between them and the Scottish Solidarity Campaign.
It is quality material which shows that our experience, as refugees,
contrast greatly with those asylum seekers coming today to Scotland
on the material that I have collected through the years, I decided
to write my own account about the Chileans refugees in Scotland
with a view to preserve our history in the collective memory of
this country and Chile. I called this account: "Una Detallada
Refexión de mi Exilio y la de Muchos chilenos en Escocia"
(A detailed Reflexion about my Exile and that of Many Chileans in
I am proud to say that those Chileans, who in this country
assembles as political refugees, in the 70s and 80s, have a written
account of their experiences. In some ways the Scottish Statistical
Accounts provided me with ideas to write about Chileans in Scotland.
Extract of this accounts, are found within this web page. See Memories.
Chile beat England 2-0 in a friendly football match and I was at
Wembley celebrating the victory. I began immediately to write a
story about my trip to London. A few months after the football game,
General Pinochet left Santiago for London which resulted in his
detention here. It was not difficult for me to return to my original
story about the football match in order to continue with my London
story this time with Pinochet in the middle: the Chileans football
stadiums, after all, had been used by General Pinochet to torture
and kill his opponents. As a result I wrote, in Spanish: "Detalladas Reflexiones de
una Adventura en Londres" which translates into English as a:
"Detailed Reflexions of an Adventure to London".
I founded FABULA (For a Better Understanding of Latin America)
FABULA is my cultural umbrella that I use to promote in Scotland
anything related to Latin-America. My view is that Scotland bei part of the UK, is not
concerned with Latin-America culture.
Through Fabula I try to remedy
it. In 2006 Billy Kay invited me to take part on his BBC radio programme
"Freedom is a Noble thing" It was about Lord Cochranne, the Scottsh admiral,
involved in the Chile liberation struggle against the Spanish colonist
in the 19th century.
1997: University of Edinburgh (Faculty of Arts).
Degree obtained: The General Degree: Master of Arts (with merit).
I did Hispanic studies and subsidiary subjects: Scottish Ethnology.
The History of Western Art, the History of Western Music and Western
European History. Sept.. 1993 - June 1994:
The University of Edinburgh (Access course).
1990 - 1993: Employed as a tutor of Latin-American studies at: The
Centre of Continuing Education of the Universities of Edinburgh
and Glasgow. My programme for this course included the exploration
at introductory level of: Pre- Colombian civilizations, Post- Colombian
culture, civilizations and history, Latin American literature, theatre,
cinema, paintings, music, geography, topography, flora and fauna
and current affairs.
OthersFluent in: Spanish, English and Italian.
I have been a member of "The Performing Royal Society" (P.R.S.), since 1989.
I used to be a Unison Shop Steward.
I love football. Colo Colo is my Chilean team and in Scotland I am a Partick Thistle supporter.