Archive for South America
This short video from Peru shows a young girl playing the basic rhythms on an instrument called the “quijada” made from the jawbone of a donkey. Often used in Afro-Peruvian music, the word quijada means jawbone in Spanish. You can learn more about this instrument and find a homemade version of this unique instrument at the Making Multicultural Music blog.
Here the trio “NEGRO MENDES” play a rhythm called a festejo on traditional instruments from Afro-Peruvian culture. The instrument on the right is a donkey’s jawbone – called a quijada, the small box is a cajita and the large box is called a cajón.
Originally a “huayno” (traditional) song from Peru, this song tells the story of a little chick that comes to a new farm and will not be quiet. All day long it says “pio, pio pio!”. I’ve written new lyrics in English that tell the same story and these adorable chickens and chicks are from my own farm!
We aren’t sure why this large chicken is playing an instrument that looks like an electric version of the birembau from Brazil, but it sure did make us smile. We promise to share some videos of authentic birembaus in the future, but for now, we enjoy the creativity and inventiveness of this unique instrument. Enjoy!
Check out this little animation of a children’s song from Peru. The language is not Spanish, but Quechua – a language used by the folks of the Incan empire! “Yaw” means – “hey”. Puka is the word for red and a polleracha is the word for a girls skirt called a pollera, so the song is calling out to a girl in a red skirt. The little boy is playing the zampoñas or pan flute, a traditional wind instrument made from bamboo. What fun!
How do you say “That little chick” in Spanish? Ese Pollito! This song was originally a “huayno” song from Peru but it’s sung here by DARIA as a children’s song, accompanied by some of the cutest chicks, chickens and roosters from her barnyard! If you speak English, they say: “peep, peep, peep! If you speak Spanish, they say: “Pio, pio, pio!”
Have you ever seen a little instrument that is a box? Actually, the cajita was a donation box used in churches in Peru that was transformed into a nifty little percussion instrument. You can see it demonstrated here and you can also learn how to make one at this link: http://wp.me/p1gB0a-13.