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. Read more about Inti-Illimani on Last.fm.