Although we associate Victor Jara with the protest songs of the Nuevo Cancion movement that arose in Chile in the 1970's, "Cigaritto" does not make any outright protests; rather it is a gentle song that is simply sung from the vantage point of a field worker on a tobacco plantation.
Claudia Acuña is a jazz singer from Chile, and here she and her band have created a setting that not only preserves the spirit of the song, but enhances the melody with nuanced chord progressions and a different meter. It's a sensitive, loving interpretation.
The performance took place at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, part of Lincoln Center's jazz arm.
To see how far the arrangement has travelled, check out Jara's version at

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