Linguapax Latin America presents two music projects in native languages

The CD Creación Musical en Lenguas Originarias is a project that was made in collaboration with artists, both women and men, from different communities who speak different native languages. Among them we find the Mixe and Mayan rappers “Mixe-Represent”, from Tamazulapan del Espíritu Santo (Oaxaca), and “Pat Boy”, native of Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Quintana Roo).

Meanwhile, María Reyna from Tlahuitoltepec (Oaxaca), with a Bel Canto style, uses an opera technique to create her singing in native language. We also have the opportunity to enjoy an innovative duet that mixes the poetry of Celerina Sanchez and the blues style music performed with the harmonica by Victor Gally; thus achieving real masterpieces by turning verbal art—in Tu’un Savi or Rain Language spoken in the Ñuu savi communities—into poetry.  Finally, in this project, and as a testimony of the cultural and linguistic diversity of Mexico, we can experience the Son huasteco Trio Eyixochitl, originally from Huejutla (Hidalgo), performing a couple of traditional son songs with original versifications in the Nahuatl language.

The CD Juchari pirekua, jucha anapu uantakua, juchari sapiecha, Nuestro canto, nuestra lengua, nuestros niños, by Jonathan Campanor Márquez, is a material that praises the traditional music style of the P’urhépecha culture, the Pirekua, which was designated intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2010.

It is an educational material that aims to strengthen and spread the P’urhépecha language through didactic musical pieces for children, performed with string instruments, mainly guitar, vihuela, violin, bass and voice. It is important to mention that the musical pieces are performed mostly by children from the Cheranastillo Band, which shows that, despite the linguistic and cultural displacement, there are great efforts to resist and preserve the valuable traditions of the P’urhépecha people.