Inti-Illimani is a musical group from Chile, formed in 1967. They are perhaps the best internationally known members of the nueva cancion movement. Their name means 'Sun of the Illimani' in Aymara. Illimani is the name of a mountain in the Bolivian Andes.
In the past the group was musically led by Horacio Salinas and politically led by Jorge Coulon. However, in 2001 there was a controversial split of the group, which started when three key members left the group . They were replaced by Manuel Merino (from Entrama), Cristian Gonzalez and Juan Flores. Due to the importance of departed members, many called into question the ability of the remainder to carry on the Inti-Illimani name. Meanwhile, the three departed members started their own group they call Inti-Illimani. From 2005 there are two groups: Inti Illimani historical and new Inti Illimani (Coulon brothers).
Official Website New Inti-Illimani / Official Website Historical Inti-Illimani
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