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This Teenager Is Using Pop Music To Bring Attention To Her Indigenous Roots

Renata Flores Rivera is trying to save the Quechua language through music.

Renata Flores Rivera, who lives in Huamanga, Ayacucho, Perú, is using her voice to give the Quechua language a new life. Quechua is an indigenous language that is spoken by about 8 million people in Perú, Bolivia, Brazil and Ecuador. Studies say that a language dies every two weeks. A significant factor in the loss of language is that it is pushed out by more dominant languages. In Latin America, that means indigenous languages are disappearing as more and more people speak Spanish. Rivera has taken to YouTube to showcase her musical talent and native language by giving Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson songs an indigenous makeover.

She is also using her music videos to expose viewers to Peruvian culture.


“I sing in Quechua as a voice of warning, because the language is being lost,” Rivera told AFP. “Children and young people are ashamed to speak it. They think only poor people in the Andes mountains speak it.”

Rivera first earned a buzz with this spot-on cover of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.”


Rivera has had some help in translating the songs from English to Quechua with the aid of her grandmother, Ada, which is adorable on its own.


READ: There’s A Crew In Mexico Rapping In Maya

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This Guy Crying To Juan Gabriel’s ‘Hasta Que Te Conocí’ Is Giving Us So Many Emotions

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This Guy Crying To Juan Gabriel’s ‘Hasta Que Te Conocí’ Is Giving Us So Many Emotions

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When Juan Gabriel died in 2016, to say that we were devastated is an understatement. The Latino community, all of Mexico and Latin America, and fans from all over the world were in complete ruins when news broke that our beloved JuanGa had died. It felt unreal then and it feels unreal now, which is probably why people are still trying to revive him. There’s a definite void in our lives now that this icon is gone, but one thing that no one can take from us is his music. His words, his music, his melodies, are very much alive and well and they still bring up a ton of emotions, and sometimes it’s still a surprise that his music will hit us like a ton of bricks. Here’s proof. 

This video of a guy at a Mexican restaurant crying and singing along to Juan Gabriel’s “Hasta Que Te Conocí” is the cutest and saddest thing ever!

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The video, which is probably old AF, made the rounds on Twitter recently and we couldn’t help but sympathize with this guy. 

The video starts off pretty chill because he looks so happy.

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The guy, who is a mystery to us, looks to be eating at a Mexican restaurant (because who else would play Juan Gabriel in an establishment). He at first looks so happy to be hearing this one song, but he quickly changes once he starts singing the words. 

And then BAM, he is sucked into a sea of sadness by this love song, which is one of Juan Gabriel’s best, by the way. 

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We can’t understand what is making him so sad at that point. It could be a former love? A beloved friend? Perhaps the song is reminding him of his parents or a family member! We just can’t tell but the lyrics themselves are heartbreaking. Here’s the portion that this dude is singing along too.

Hasta que te conocí
Vi la vida con dolor
No te miento fui feliz 
Aunque con muy poco amor
Y muy tarde comprendí
Que no te debía amar
Porque ahora pienso en ti 
Más que ayer, mucho más.

Touching words right??

His tears and emotional distress is so intoxicating because people around him can’t seem to stop recording him. 

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He’s got like his own paparazzi following him around, recording every single movement, and tear. It’s nuts, but also thank you for this video

What makes this short video so amazing is that we are witnessing a snippet of emotions that go from utter happiness, to complete heartbreak, and back to high spirits in less than a minute. 

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We love that homeboy is back to singing along and smiling by the end of the video because we don’t think we could handle any more tears. We would have started a GoFundme account or something to save him from his sadness. But we honestly give up, why do you think this song made him so sad? Maybe we’ll never find out but this video has got us thinking.

Which other Juan Gabriel love songs makes you emotional?

We have to pick “Amor Eterno” as the ultimate sad song. 

“Yo No Naci Para Amar”  

Boy, this hurts like a mofo. 

Y la soledad
Cada vez más triste
Y más oscura yo viví
Y a esa edad
Todos preguntaban los motivos
Yo solía siempre decir
Yo no nací para amar
Nadie nació para mí
Tan solo fui

Go ahead, go get some tissue. 

“Gracias Al Amor”

In this live version, JuanGa is crying too! So don’t feel so bad about letting it out. Now is the time. 

People on social media will have so many feelings about JuanGa now and forever.

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There’s no reason in trying to hide how we really feel. 

Feelings for JuanGa is genderless. It’s a human emotion.

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Never give a hard time to anyone crying over Juan Gabriel. 

This lady doesn’t know if it’s the chilaquiles that is making her cry or the Juan Gabriel song. 

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It’s probably a combination of both, to be honest. 

Of course, even in the worse moments that we face, Juan Gabriel provides comfort even if it hurts like hell. 

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He is with us always no matter what. 

READ: People On Twitter Can’t Handle Juan Gabriel’s Death…And We Totally Relate

These 17 Latino Dances Were Huge At One Time And They Should Be Huge Again

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These 17 Latino Dances Were Huge At One Time And They Should Be Huge Again

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There’s something to be said about the versatility of dance. Feeling down? Shake it off with a boogie. Feeling happy? Feel even better by tapping your feet to the beat, babes! Trying to avoid that one socially-awkward cousin at a big family bash? You guessed it – it’s time to make your way to the dance floor. We’ve put together a list of stellar latino dances for you to try at home, so you’ll never be caught unawares when you next need to show off your moves. You’re welcome.

1. La Macarena by Los del Rio

If you don’t know the Macarena, babes, you’re lacking some serious cultural education. This Spanish hit was released in 1993, and the rest was history. La Macarena is a mainstay on the wedding circuit, and it unfailingly gets everyone up out of their seats when it starts playing. Even if you don’t have a rhythmic bone in your body, it’s pretty easy to follow the steps once everyone is on their third rotation of the dance.

2. Suavemente by Elvis Crespo

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If there is anything that is iconic about the video clip for Suavemente, it’s the clearly 90s-esque vibe it’s got going on. Elvis Crespo gave us a classic song for us to show off the best of our merengue skills. The trick is having a partner who can keep up with our fabulousness, right? Or, uh, making sure to move our hips to the music while we keep our upper body relaxed and slow-moving.

3. El Baile del Perrito by Wilfrido Vargas

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Considering that dogs are one of the best things in the world, it only stands to reason that The Puppy Dance is the goodest of bois. Dances. We mean dances. Wilfrido Vargas taught us all how to dance to the rhythm of a dog’s bark – and if that isn’t a worthy achievement, then we don’t know what is.

4. Hong Kong Mambo by Tito Puente

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If your abuela doesn’t know this song, you need to find yourself a new abuelita. Okay, if her cooking makes up for it, then you can keep her around for a little longer. Anyway, the Hong Kong Mambo was literally made for dancing the mambo. In fact, the album it was released on, Dance Mania, is listed on the US’ National Recording Registry, which makes it a certified banger. 

5. Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) by Las Ketchup

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Who could forget this absolute classic from the early 2000s? Even though no-one really knew what the lyrics were on about, that wasn’t really the point of the song. Rather, it was one hella bueno song to just swing your hips, your hands and your hair, and know that you definitely nailed it.

6. Retrato Cantado de um Amor by Reinaldo

But what if you’re in the mood to do a classic samba? Don’t worry babes, Reinaldo’s got you covered. This hit from Rio de Janeiro is played without fail at Carnival, so you better brush up on the samba before you go!

7. Payaso del Rodeo by Caballo Dorado

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Caballo Dorado’s Payaso del Rodeo starts out like your typical box-step kinda tune – think along the lines of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.” But don’t be fooled, since the song speeds up and will have you sweating by the end of it!

8. La Chona by Los Tucanes de Tijuana

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You know when the party starts to die down, and everyone’s taking a breather? Well, La Chona’s the song that gets everyone back on the dance floor again, ready to tackle the quebradita!

9. Lambada by Kaoma

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Even though Kaoma is a French group, they released their catchy song, Lambada, in Portuguese in honor of the dance style found in Brazil! It’s characterized by real fast, swaying hip movements, which were only accentuated by 90s fashion when the song was released.

10. Mi Cucu by La Sonora Dinamita

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So, this isn’t necessarily the fastest song in the playbook when it comes to putting together a Saturday night playlist. But, does that make it any less fun to dance along to? No, no it does not. Slow twirls are the way to go with this one. And it least it gives you some time to catch your breath!

11. La Bomba by Azul Azul

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You put your hand on your head, and then your hand on your hips. And if it looks like “this,” then you’re doing it right – wait, wrong song. Anyway, if you do as the man says, you can’t go wrong with La Bomba.

12. La Bala by Los Hermanos Flores

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If you wondering what song you’ll be dancing your next cumbia to, it’ll probably be Los Hermanos Flores’ La Bala. This El Salvadoran band gave us the perfect melody for placing your hand on your stomach, and then rubbing it. And yes, you’ll look like you’re hungry. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’ve been eyeing off the guac – hopefully someone will take pity on you and save some for later.

13. 1, 2, 3 by El Símbolo-TNN

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This Argentinian hit is nice and easy – to be honest, it’s a great way to get the party started. The dance goes like so: everyone to the bottom, everyone to the top, then get close to your dance partner and shake it off. 

14. Sopa de Caracol by Banda Blanca

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It’s electro, it’s got horns, and it’s got unintelligible lyrics – it’s perfect! While the original music video had everyone shaking their hips to beat, you could probably get away with almost anything when it comes to Sopa de Caracol. This is your time to shine, babe.

15. Oy Como Va by Celia Cruz

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The cha-cha is a great excuse to get close to your dance partner and have some fun! Especially since there’s something real sexy about swinging your hips and shuffling your feet quickly in time to a fast beat. And so, Celia Cruz’s Oy Como Va is the perfect song to get those cha-cha-cha vibes going!

16. El Vanao by Los Cantantes

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This is the best song for letting your weird shine through. And it’s the best song for everyone else to get their weird on, too. If you’re not putting your fingers to your head in a mock-horn fashion, then you’re doing it wrong. After all, the point of it is to look like the music video! The original featured the artists dressed as deers, while remixes since have had computer-generated horns coming out of people’s heads. Yeah. Wow.

17. Za Za Za by DJ Oscar Lobo and Grupo Climax

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This song will have you clapping. Seriously! The true way to get into this song is by singing “mesa mesa” at the top of your lungs, and clapping along to the beat. That’s what makes it such a classic at quinceaneras.

So, which dance is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook page – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page. 

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