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Pirekua, traditional song of the P'urhépecha

UNESCO: Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2010 URL: Description: Pirekua is a traditional music of the indigenous P'urh?pecha communities of the State of Michoac?n, Mexico, sung by both men and women. Its diverse mix of styles draws on African, European and indigenous American origins, with regional variations identified in 30?of the 165?P'urh?pecha communities. A Pirekua, which is generally sung with a gentle rhythm, may also be presented in non-vocal styles using different beats such as ''sones'' (3/8?time) and ''abaje?os'' (6/8?time). Pirekua can be sung solo, in duets or trios, or accompanied by choral groups, string orchestras and mixed orchestras (with wind instruments). ''Pir?riecha'' (Pirekua singers and interpreters) are renowned for their creativity and interpretations of older songs. Lyrics cover a wide range of themes from historical events to religion, social and political thought and love and courtship, making extensive use of symbolism. Pirekua acts as an effective medium of dialogue between the P'urh?pecha families and communities that practise it, helping to establish and reinforce bonds. ''Pir?riechas'' also act as social mediators, using songs to express sentiments and communicate events of importance to the P'urh?pecha communities. Pirekua has traditionally been transmitted orally from generation to generation, maintaining its currency as a living expression, marker of identity and means of artistic communication for more than a hundred thousand P'urh?pecha people. Country(ies): Mexico ? 2009 by Montes/Secretar?a de Turismo Duration: 00:07:38 - Support: DVD (0039800032)
Length: 07:28


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