Margot Loyola, Chilean folk singer & musician, Died at 96

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Dead, Margot Loyola Palacios, Born on September 15th, 1918 and died on the third of August 2015.

He was a musician, folk singer and researcher of the folklore of Chile and Latin America in general.

Loyola was active as a musician and musical ethnographer/anthropologist for many decades.

She published a large body of work dealing with musical styles, folk music and customs of all Chilean regions as well as other South American countries. She also taught music.

Loyola created Chile’s first traditional music and dance group, The Conjunto de Alumnos de Margot Loyola (Student Group of Margot Loyola), through which she effectively became an unofficial ambassadress of the Chilean culture.

In 1972, Loyola became a Professor of the University of Chile, and in 1998 she was made a Professor emeritus of the Catholic University of Valparaíso.

She was awarded the coveted (Chilean) National Prize of Art (mention in Music) in 1994 and the “Premio a lo Chileno” in 2001.

She died on August 3, 2015 at the age of 96 in Santiago de Chile.