Category Archives: Music

Odd Peruvian Songs

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What’s up in Perú? There are some strange songs being recorded that seem to blend sex and innocence in a way I’ve never seen before. I don’t live there, but I’ve visited and I’ve met a lot of amiable Peruvians. I’m not at all suggesting there’s something wrong with them. Some of these songs are just plain weird to my particular cultural perspective. Let’s take this most recent one I’ve seen. It’s called “Metelo Ya, Sacalo Ya.”

That’s right. Put it in and take it out. Hmm. What could that mean? Well, I’ll tell you the visuals in the video so you don’t have to watch if you don’t want to. I wasn’t warned. It would have been nice. The nice lady Virginia Segura basically sings that refrain over and over again while twirling about a field in a bulbous, colorful and modest dress with a hat on. She almost looks like a grown-up, plump doll. The camera zooms in around her waist area and she does a little more bouncing. Granted, it’s not overly sexualized and she is fully clothed. She then sings “Somos solteritos para gozar.” So that’s the gist. Put it in and take it out. We are single so we can enjoy it. In case you are still  unclear, they put a whole plethora of copulating pairs of primates scattered throughout the video. Horses, monkeys, pigs and more. It’s all so innocent and yet not innocent at all. The animal close-ups are just creepy. Do people really enjoy that in their music videos?

And then there’s Wendy. Oh, Wendy Sulca. In this video she is 8 years old and sings about how much she enjoys breastfeeding. The camera shows her in a sort of traditional dress accompanied by a bunch of boys. “Day and night, I drink from my little breast. How delicious!” “De día y de noche, tomo mi tetita. Qué rico! Rico, rico, rico!” I don’t know if 8 year-olds in Perú are fed this way. The video shows several mothers feeding their very young children, which as a public service announcement makes sense I guess. Also, a pig mama feeds her little piglets and Wendy bounces up and down on her bed in her pink bedroom. The weirdest part is then a pretty young lady walks through the scene, two guys notice her and make motions signalling that they like her breasts and the announcer calls out that the “tetita” is also enjoyed by males aged 18 and over. But Ojo! They must be 18. The juxtaposition of breast-feeding-as-delicious with older males enjoying it too is the part that gets me.

This last little gem I’ll leave you with isn’t quite in the same vein, but now Wendy is a bit older and announces that she has become hardcore. The song is actually called “Me Pongo Hardcore.” It’s mostly the title that’s funny. She is clearly trying to copy Today’s Teen Pop Stars.

Colored Briefs and Other NYE Traditions

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Without yellow underwear, you shall have no love! Chileans have a lot of superstitions and traditions surrounding New Year’s. One of them is to wear yellow drawers or “calzones amarillos” to ensure you find a mate in  the upcoming year. Many of them involve midnight, of course. As the clock strikes twelve, there is the usual affection. Everyone hugs and there are lots of kisses going around. After that one must eat either 12 grapes or 12 spoonfuls of lentils representing each month of the year in order to ensure abundance and luck. Some people put a clove of garlic in the wallet or make sure to have cash in hand as the New Year rings in to guarantee sufficient wealth. It is considered lucky if you receive a kilogram of salt as a gift and store it throughout the year. Theoretically this brings abundance. Some people like to dance to Tommy Rey’s song Un Año Más [One More Year] as well. I’m sure there are others, so if you know of another or if you have a good one from your country, please share.

Now what I don’t know is the origin of some of these [garlic – vampires?], which I’m going to try to find out. I’m heading off to La Serena and the Valle de Elqui for the New Year’s week, so I’ll see you in next month.

One more thing, if you’re in Santiago, don’t forget to check out Santiago a Mil going on all over the city in January.