This August 23, marks the 78th anniversary of the birth of Aimé Paine, one of the most important folk singers in Argentina and Google decided to honor it with a doodle.
For this occasion, Google was more earthy and folkloric when representing the artist of Mapuche and Tehuelche origin. In addition to the figure of Aimé Paine, the doodle has a kultrún, a ceremonial percussion instrument and one of the most important within the Mapuche culture.
Olivia When, artist in charge of creating the doodle, explained the process and where she got the inspiration from when creating the tribute to Aimé Painé.
“Listening to his music was the main inspiration, his voice is of universal beauty. Also, her connection and representation of her community’s culture through art is incredible. I decided to use watercolors and hand-paint the doodle, as the resulting textures cannot be easily digitally reproduced. The main colors were taken from one of the meanings of its name – reddish sunset, ”explained When.
His songs were always characterized by the sound of Mapuche instruments and the lyrics, which represented his attachment to his roots and the land. Source: Google.
Who was Aimé Painé?
Olga Elisa Painé, better known by her stage name as Aimé Paine, was born on August 23, 1943 in the municipality of Ingeniero Luis A. Huergo, in Río Negro. His mother was the daughter of Tehuelches, while his father was Mapuche. Due to certain family problems, she was sent – at an early age – to an orphanage: the Unzué Institute in Mar del Plata.
At the orphanage, he showed great singing during his time in the Gregorian singing choir. The lawyer Héctor Llan de Rosos and his wife, who were seeking to adopt a girl, noticed her magnificent voice and did not hesitate to adopt the young woman Aimé Paine.
His voice was recognized nationally and regionally. Source: Google
After years of perfecting his singing and instrument technique with teachers such as Roberto Lara, Blanca Peralta and Nina Kabanciwa, in 1973, joined the National Polyphonic Choir and, in that grouping, she was able to discover what music meant to her.
Soon after, he made a trip to the South to connect with his roots. During his journey, he discovered that Mapuche music was a total spiritual attractionas it came from the experience of singing in a universe that was connected to his homeland.
Aimé Painé was one of the highest representatives of national folklore and Mapuche culture. Source: Google
Since then, Aimé Paine he adopted the artistic customs of the Mapuches and took them with him in his clothing, singing and even the instruments he used to produce his songs.
Several of his Mapuche songs were adapted with regional touches, but always using instruments such as the trompe, the kultrún, the cascahuillas, the trutruca and the kull kull.
Aimé Painé died on September 10, 1987 in Asunción (Paraguay), product of a cerebral aneurysm during one of his recordings. However, his struggle and representation of his community lived on after his death.
Aimé Painé died in Asunción on September 10, 1987. Source: Google.
For example, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, since 1995, a street in Puerto Madero bears his name; You can also see her portrait in the Bicentennial Hall of Argentine Women. Also, in his hometown in Río Negro, a monument was inaugurated in his honor.
Thus, Aimé Paine joins a select group of Argentine artists or personalities who were honored by Google. Among them, we can highlight Astor Piazzolla, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Gustavo Cerati, Carlos Gardel, Mercedes Sosa, Aníbal Troilo, Maria Elena Walsh, Atahualpa Yupanqui, among others.