Renata Flores Rivera revives a dying language with 1 song

August 18, 2015

Quechua, an indigenous language spoken in the South American Andes, is currently in the spotlight thanks to 14-year-old Renata Flores Rivera, a Peruvian teen who featured the language in a cover of Michael Jackson’s classic song, “The Way You Make Me Feel.” We’ve seen plenty of viral song covers on YouTube, but rarely are they done in a dying language as an effort to boost its declining number of speakers. Being the speaker of a dying language as well (Hakka-a dialect of Cantonese), it gives me hope that languages are finding new fans and being reintroduced a new crowd.

This viral video features Rivera performing in front of ancient Incan ruins at the foothills of the Peruvian Andes as part of a project titled “Las juventudes tambien hablamos Quechua,” which means “We the youth also speak Quechua.” Rivera is reportedly planning a concert this fall to keep up the momentum around her video, Quechua, and language appreciation.

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