LA PIREKUA
LA PIREKUA

Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve

Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

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Sian Kaʼan Biosphere Reserve

Monasterios de Morelos

Sanctuary of Jesús Nazareno de Atotonilco

Northern Mexico

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Central Mexico

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Southern Mexico

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A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010.

La Pirekua is one of the musical genres native to the Purépecha people of the state of Michoacán. This song originated from the fusion of music and religious chants brought by Spanish evangelizers, pre-Hispanic chants, and some African influences.

The word "pirekua" means "song" in the Purépecha language, and they are usually sung in the native language, although some are performed in Spanish or are purely instrumental.

The songs are performed by both men and women, as solos, duets, or trios, and can also be accompanied by choirs, string orchestras, and musical ensembles featuring string and wind instruments. To date, regional variations have been observed in 30 of the 165 existing Purépecha communities.

La Pirekua, which is generally sung with a slow rhythm, can also feature non-vocal styles using diverse rhythms such as abajeños (6/8) and sones valseados (3/4). It conveys messages of love, heartbreak, religious events, and historical occurrences. The songs are recognized as effective instruments for dialogue among the families and Purépecha communities that practice them.

The performers of La Pirekua, known as "pirériechas," serve as social mediators, using the songs to express feelings and communicate important events to the Purépecha communities. They also have a high reputation in the community for their creativity and interpretations of ancient songs.

The songs and techniques have been passed down from generation to generation, constituting a cornerstone of their traditions.

La Pirekua can be found in over 165 Purépecha communities, including Quinceo, Zacán, San Lorenzo, Comachuen, Nurio, Cherán, Ichan, Angahuan, and Pátzcuaro, among others.

 

La Pirekua, Traditional Song of the Purépecha People

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