Cara de Pingo (The Boy with the Wicked Face)

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A song of heartbreak, sung in a pre-Hispanic language and based on a Mexican folk theme.

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Composer’s Notes:

Cara de Pingo (The Boy with the Wicked Face) is one of the arrangements that I composed for a cycle called “Cantos Indígenas” (Indian Songs) based on a folk theme sung in Michoacán, originally in Purépecha. The song talks about a boy that sees a girl from far away and falls in love with her gracious figure. However she, flirting with him, just passes him closely and then goes away, leaving him with a broken heart.

Text/Translation:

Ka ué kapirinia kokania mitinia naxamusanih
Ka ué kapirinia kokania mitinia naxamusuantak
Kakiniuasin matsimatsi punkuan
kano sen kuratsin tubinishku uana taman

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English Translation:
I would like to know what is she saying.
I would like to know what is she talking about.
I see her from far away moving gracefully
Walking beside a boy in a very attractive way.

Spanish Translation
Quisiera saber pronto que es lo que ella dice
Quisiera saber pronto de que es lo que habla
Y desde lejos viene contonéandose cadenciosamente
caminando a lado de un muchacho de manera muy coqueta.

—Translated by Diana Syrse Valdés

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