North American singer and human rights campaigner Joan Baez has been making a concert tour of Latin America.
GV ZOOM IN TO CU Joan Baez speaking to Adolfo Perez Esquivel
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GV Esquivel showing Miss Baez his Nobel prize certificate
CU Joan Baez speaking to reporters
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT)
(SEQ 4) JOAN BAEZ: "Originally, I planned a run into a little concert trouble in Argentina, simply that I'm not able to give a concert anywhere, by anybody in Argentina. We're going on to Chile, where I know I won't be able to sing, and Brazil, where it looks as though I may be able to sing, and then we're going to Nicaragua, where I will be able to sing. And I have two concerts in Venezuela. And when I travel, it's a combination of me trying to offer my gift, which is my voice, to the public of whichever country, that is; and, at the same time. try to make contact with the non-violent groups, or the groups that suffer one form of repression or another, and to show my support to them."
REPORTER: "And did you have any trouble? Were you able to sing at all?"
JOAN BAEZ: "Actually, I sang more in Argentina than I usually sing, because every time I walked into a room, and there was another group of mothers of disappeared children, and I would sing, and they would cry. And one day, I think we had three or four of those, so I sung a lot, but not publicly, only privately."
REPORTER: "Do you think you'll be able to come back and do a concert here?"
JOAN BAEZ: "Well, there would have to be some pretty big changes, I think, in Argentina before I could come back and sing -- obviously -- it looks that way."
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Background: North American singer and human rights campaigner Joan Baez has been making a concert tour of Latin America. But, in Argentina, Miss Baez said she had not found a single promoter prepared to accept her offer of a free concert.
On Thursday (14 May), Argentine explosive experts interrupted a news conference given by Miss Baez following a reported bomb threat. The singer was to have given the conference jointly with Nobel peace winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel, at the office of a local human rights organisation. Instead, Miss Baez gave the conference in a nearby bar.