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Morning Song – The Way You Make Me Feel

October 19, 2015

Outsourcing to PeruBen for this delightful cover of MJ’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”:

…The first rule of cover songs is that you have to bring something new to it. Quechua, the official language of the Incan empire, isn’t new in its own right, but as far as I know no one has ever sung anything by Michael Jackson in Quechua. That is until 14 year old Renata Flores Rivera recorded this video:

Flores* recorded this for a project called “Las juventudes también hablamos Quechua” (We youth speak Quechua too). Quechua is one of Peru’s two official languages, and it’s the largest (in terms of current speakers) indigenous language in the Americas. But it’s shrinking. Quechua isn’t nearly as useful as Spanish. And since lanugage is a tool for communication, a lot of people – especially young people moving from the country to the city – are leaving Quechua behind for Spanish. Of course, people can be bilingual. I think that part of Rivera’s point is that Quechua doesn’t have to die off.

*Flores is her paternal last name, Rivera is her maternal last name. When using only one of the last names, the paternal last name is used.

Note: Quechua is the most widely spoken indigenous language in the Americas.

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