S adly, most Peruvians don´t really appreciate Quechua language but luckily this doesn´t stop some foreigners in Peru of learning and studying the language. Although still the second language of Peru, every time fewer people speak it. In 2007 the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) calculated that 13.21% of Peru´s population spoke Quechua, referring to 3.262.137 people.
A week ago, a video of Swiss-British resident ´Carlitos´ (real name unknown unfortunately at the time of publishing) singing in Quechua language went viral. This video was recorded in a local community of the province of Pomabamba in the Ancash region. In the video ´Carlitos´ is heard singing a chimaychi, a variant of huayno in Quechua language, which is appreciated by the local villagers. Miguel Flores, maker of the video states that ´Carlitos´ is researching Quechua poetry in songs.
The video that was posted on Facebook is almost shared 3,000 times and generated only positive reactions. Jovino Javier Gonzales Chavarria said: ¨Excellent, this is an example of a stranger who is not ashamed to sing in Quechua, when we leave our land we (often) forget to speak our original language. What a pity.¨ Adelmo Escudero said on Facebook: ¨The accent does not matter, what matters is the desire and the identification with the land that one day welcomed him¨. Macario Castillo Moreno believed that: ¨This gringo sings in Quechua Pomanambino but well, we really feel proud of our Province, being a European he did with his heart.¨
The chimaychi is a musical genre that finds its ancestral roots in the old centre of Vilcabamba, belonging to to the district of Casca, province of Mariscal Luzuriaga, Ancash. This variant of huayno is widely accepted among the inhabitants of the provinces of Sihuas, Pomabamba and Mariscal Luzuriaga.