Manuelcha Prado Imaynapi Guitarrata Waqachiyta Yachakuran

NYU CLACS Quechua Manuelcha Prado Ayacucho Peru Guitarra AndinaManuelcha Prado Christine Mladic Janneyman willakushan imaynapi yachakuran guitarrata hasp’iyta Puquio llaqtanpi; chaypi, pachamamata uyarispa, pay wiñaran. Runa Simi mana wañunanpaq pay takin Runa Simipi, runasimita reqsichinanpaq. Kay audiopi, pay yuyashan yachachiqninpa consejonta: “Guitarrata waqachiyta munaspaqa uyariy pero mana uyariychu ninrillaykiwan uyarinki sonqoykiwan.”

Manuelcha Prado cuenta a Christine Mladic Janney sobre como aprendió a tocar la guitarra en su pueblo, Puquio, donde creció escuchando los sonidos de la naturaleza. Canta canciones en quechua para seguir difundiendo el idioma. Manuelcha recuerda un importante consejo su maestro: “Si quieres aprender a tocar la guitarra entonces escucha pero no con las orejas sino con el corazón”.

Manuelcha Prado speaks with Christine Mladic Janney about how he learned to play the guitar in his hometown, Puquio, where he grew up listening to the sounds of nature. He sings in Quechua as a way to keep alive it. Remembers one advice of his beloved master: “If you want to learn to play a guitar listen not with your ears, but with your heart.”


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Published by Doris Loayza (Wayta Warmi)

I was born in Llamellin-Ancash, Peru, and live in New York City and Bloomington, Indiana. I'm a Quechua and Spanish language teacher. I teach Spanish at Harmony School, a progressive private school, and teach Quechua at Colorado Univeristy-Boulder. I speak variants of Quechua from the Central and Southern regions of Perú. In 2017 I learned basic Lakota language in North Dakota! Because my connection to the Quechua language, I'm very curious to learn other indigenous languages.

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