Biography Inti Illimani
The group was formed by students at Universidad Técnica del Estado at Santiago, Chile in 1967. On 11 September 1973, as they were on tour abroad, General Augusto Pinochet staged a bloody coup (democracy not returning until 1990). Having heard of the numerous extra-judicial killings of many fellow artists by Chile's army, they took up residence in Italy. They continued their international efforts supporting the return of Chilean democracy; samizdat copies of their work continued to be widely distributed in Chile.