2. La Guacamaya

An All Around This World classroom and homeschool lesson teaching about Mexico -- "La Guacamaya" -- A Spanish song about a bird“La Gucamaya,” a son jarocho classic from Veracruz in Mexico, is much more than just any old Spanish song about a bird. A guacamaya is a parrot, though All Around This World can’t say exactly what kind of parrots exist in Veracruz. Instruments particular to son jarocho include a jarana, a quijada (a donkey jawbone used for percussion, which is what Jay played during the recording), a requinto, a mariumbula, a harp and a wooden dancing platform known as a tarima that the musicians actually consider a percussion instrument and factor into the arrangement of son jarocho songs.

Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Genre on CD: Son jarocho
Instruments on CD: Jarana, Marimbula, Quijada, Requinto, Tarima



Pobrecito guacamaya, you’re a hungry little bird
You’re a hungry little bird pobrecito guacamaya
Pobrecito guacamaya, I will share my food with you
If you only help me too, pobrecito guacamaya
Fly, fly, fly, can you teach me how to fly?
Pobrecito guacamaya, we can leave the world behind
Vuela, vuela, vuela, can you teach me how to fly?
Pobrecito guacamaya, we can leave the world behind.

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Son Jarocho magic: Radio Jarocho

Radio Jarocho is:

Gabriel Guzmán: jarana, vocals
Julia del Palacio: bailadora, vocals
Juan Carlos Marín: requinto, vocals
Emmanuel Huitzil: marimbol
Carlos Cuestas: leona, vocals

Hand percussion: Arturo Stable

Quijada: Jay Sand

Background vocals: Arturo Stable, Jay Sand

"La Guacamaya" is traditional. English lyrics and Arrangement by Jay Sand, Instrumental arrangement by Arturo Stable.

Recorded at Headgear Recording, Brooklyn, New York


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