A Traditional Huayno Song
"'Valicha' is a very popular 'huayno' song from the town of Cusco in Peru. The huayno is a popular song and dance of this region of Peru. The lyrics tell about a pretty girl named Valicha who is stealing the hearts of young men." -Daria
Valicha, lisa pasñaqa
Qosqo urapi ñachu
The lovely girl, Valicha
Where are you?
Now, In the lower barrio of Cusco
What are you doing?
In (the city of) Cusco, right over there
What would you do?
In every achawasi*
You are grinding corn.
From the door of your room
You are stealing (the hearts of) young men.
*Place where you can drink chicha beer.
Daria sent us this song with the following note:
"The language of this song is Quechua, the main language of the Incan empire, dialects of which are still spoken in much of rural Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador today."
You can hear Daria's world music for children on her website or her SONQO website.
Here's what Daria wrote about the photos:
"I thought you might like to see traditional clothing for Cusco. Here I am dancing to Valicha at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. It is so beautiful. Wearing it and dancing is like stepping into the clothes of our ancestors - a powerful experience!"
That sounds great Daria... thanks for sharing your photos!
Mp3 of Surphy, performance by SONQO
Vocals by Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Contributed and translated by Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou.