Celebrating the Paraguay Independence Day. Tourism, Dances and Music
[Music] this [Music] so [Music] so [Music] so [Music] hello ladies and gentlemen and welcome to the latin america show my name is enrique jelista and it's a pleasure being tonight with all of you we have a special celebration tonight we are going to talk about the 210th anniversary of the independence of paraguay so well uh if you have seen the if you have watched promo well you have seen that well we have like extraordinary uh guests this night so we have the ambassador um that well he's ambassador of paraguay here in the uk also we have marie ester a gonzalez that she is the director for a reta a falter palette from paraguay also and we have an extraordinary soul band that they are now in paraguay actually and we are going to have buddha hey well uh i would like to invite you to follow uh of course our social networks uh you can follow us on twitter facebook instagram and youtube if you subscribe to youtube don't forget to put the bell there and also here on facebook if you give us a follow in order that you know every time that we are uploading or we are live in on facebook so well you will know that we are presenting a new show with different countries and well it's like of course i would like to say thank you very much to all the people that they are supporting us and and of course well if you know someone who is interested to come to the show or you know a latino or someone who is linked with will link with latin america please let us know send us a message here through our facebook page in order that we can invite them and they can come here you know we have had artists from colombia from costa rica from peru from mexico uh from well all over latin america and we have also well we have been participating and well being in different places in latin america like well beautiful virtually but well we have been there uh hopefully once the lockdown will be over we will have the opportunity to go all around the world and well i would like to say hello to our friends that well i can see here caring dancing that well she's with us and she's saying hola todos sorry if i'm looking to the other screen what was like that's the reason why also el vieta that well oh my god she's speaking in spanish now while writing in spanish so she's saying buenos noches or todos buenas tardes para why oh thank you very much vietnam she said a follower and she's from poland and also well he ha we have here liliana who is saying hello everyone so hola todos so thank you very much and well of course normally i used to ask you is like please share this video in order that more people they know what are we doing as latinos all over the world and also that you can learn more about our culture our interests what are we doing the real latin america with real lots of people not all the things that you are watching and the hollywood stories that while uh some of them they are like quite fake and actually the other day i was talking with a friend and i saw a kind of meme saying that well it's like i don't know why for example in mexico always all the all the directors use this kind of sepia colors like if in mexico we don't have the normal colors like the sun and the clouds and everything so while it's like if we find this mimi royal you can share it with with the audience but anyway time to say hello to miss amigos well hello how are you everyone this amazing tuesday you don't stand up turn off the news stay away from everything because you want to hear an amazing music an amazing guest so stay here by the way to all of the mothers in latin america and someone in europe congratulations some of them celebrated the 9th of may and and others the 10th of may and others other in here in uk is another because it was the second sunday uh in us i think so oh it definitely was i have a mom in the u.s happy mother's day mom anyway happy mothers to all the beautiful women around the world so excellent thank you very much roya and on the other side we have whitney mucherino yes hello everyone just echoing what roger said happy mother's day to everyone particularly mine um and i'm really excited about tonight it's been a really long time since we dedicated a full episode to paraguay and we're excited to show you more about the culture the music the language and maybe talk a second or two about any we'll see but stay tuned and uh enjoy the show excellent whitney and i'm very excited because i can see here in the comments that well i got someone from my family watching us rosaceae so thank you very much for watching us i'm so excited because normally my family is not watching me well not online they watch me uh like normally later but well thank you very much for watching us also monique lawrence that she's saying hello looking forward to learning about paraguay yes uh annalise also she's saying hola enrique hi how you doing alicia so thank you everyone uh and of course we would like to invite you to tell us where are you from or where are you based now and you can put us in the comment sections like well it's like where are you based now what are you doing do you have any good plans do you have one of these countries that we have spoken before that you are planning to go which one is your favorite one but i think so now is time to go what do we have here i think it's time to go with whitney right yeah oh go with whitney yeah that was quick all right actually before you answer all of rikki's like 10 questions i actually am going to have the audience respond yesterday what would you like to add nothing i was just saying that well they can tell us which is your favorite country but of course you know it's like yeah i should say it before because if not i know that the our teacher is like quite strict i am strict someone has to be in this group all right so juan miguel puts his microphone on mute you guys can't see it but i totally can see if he has his microphone on mute or not so yes strict teacher okay so tonight we're just going to talk about well since we are celebrating paraguayans independence day i figured we could talk about celebrations you know all those fun things that we can't we kind of can do but in small groups yeah that stuff so let's start lots of words so let's begin and i have to shift this over a little bit okay so obviously we're talking about fiesta la fiesta which is party or you also have la celebracion which is a celebration remember ion is mostly not exclusively feminine in the spanish language so la fiesta or la celebracion which is party and or celebration and two of the main verbs and this is excluding slang all those slang words we talked about like um to party or to celebrate something especially which as you can see there's um similarity between fiesta festejar and of course celebrate which is a cognate to celebrate very similar to la celebracion now there are more words for this i'm just giving you a few such as el dia de fiesta this is one of the many ways to say holiday many many ways so for instance if we were going to say um like a holiday in general like mi fiesta favorita we're going to get into that we could use the word fiesta you could talk about el dia de fiesta you could talk about which is a another way of saying a holiday or a dia diado or la or el dia festival so there's a lot of ways to say this and i recognize that but just to keep it a little bit easier el dia de fiesta for holiday so now in the comments okay what is your favorite holiday it could be from your culture it could be from um latin american culture it could be one of the holidays we've talked about we've talked about la navidad we've talked about the other independencia of several countries we talked about el dia de los muertos just to name a few so cuales fiesta favorita okay whether it's your culture or another it doesn't matter and you can respond me fiesta favorita s and then fill in the blank so me fiesta favorita de los muertos i just think it's a really cool holiday and i loved our show about that so put in the comments and i'll get back to that in one minute so moving on so again put it in the comments okay so when we talk about holidays we talk about certain things like friendship okay the people that you want to surround yourself with so that is la mista so amigo is a friend or there's you know all those different ways to say friend and slang but la mistad is friendship and similar to how words end in ion in spanish are feminine words that end in a.d la mistad those are feminine as well just so you can remember between ella labs of just always memorizing it patterns are very useful and then of course you have an amor which is love okay uh and then you have el invitado la in vidada which is um el invitado is a male guest female or los invitados to make it easier because remember even if it's a room full of women and one guy it's los invitados in general so um and then we have um el amitrion orlan fi triona which is the host of the party and then the last one is what you don't want to be and that's el agua fiestas which is party pooper someone who's not so fun okay moving on last set for this segment and then i want to check out the comments okay all right there's so many ways of saying congratulations and something happens especially if it's a party that's celebrating something so here are a couple ways to say it you have felicitaciones which is very similar to the word in french if you're a romance language learner such as myself you have felicidades there's that a d again and by the way when we make a word that ends in a d plural so like if we are to go back for example and talk about amistad las amistades you add an e s at the end just like you do in fedexidades and then of course you have the word nora buena and what is the best way to toast um if you don't have you need some champan or champagna there are two different ways to say it depending where you are and then of course you have umbrendis and that's the cheers and it comes from the verb so going back to the comments i'm only seeing one right now hold on i'm trying to put them and and i'm seeing the one from garen dancing me too shopping presents and shopping okay let's see what else yes the new year and we talked about that in all the different traditions like in colombia how they run around the street with their suitcases um empty suitcases to talk about like you know for the for the fortune of good travels um yes liliana well done garen and monique so um if you want to still put them in the comments i'll look at them and comment later below um but thank you for paying attention and our next part of the segment is slang mostly from um just paraguay but also well it's all from paraguay but also some slang from guadagni and this is a language i just want to touch about it really really quickly in case that we get into it a lot but this is a language that's spoken by a large amount of not just paraguay but in the surrounding areas brazil bolivia argentina and it's one of the two official languages and we talked about this a while back um when we first talked about paraguay because some of the music and one of our guests spoke guarani and um it's taken over 20 years to be considered an official language since the constitution of 1992 so about 20 years or so no i'm not doing that math right at all around 30 years and um about seven million inhabitants of paraguay speak guadagne so hopefully we'll get into a little more later in the program and if we don't we're definitely going to talk about it in the second segment so that's all i have oh last one now what is vispera de la nuevo enrique your teeth yes means the eve yes good job yes just checking need to make sure they're paying attention yeah yeah yeah we're working doing things yesterday we we paid attention oh yeah well sometimes i'm looking at my notes and changing my slides so i can't see what you guys are doing during my segment but i'll watch it back tonight and i'll see how it behaves actually is it i tell you the first time that royal is here next to me yeah sure yeah normally you are like that yes it's like you are actually here with me you all simply actually in the audience i'm sure yeah yes mine too of course that would be my answer actually yeah yes your birthday is just your birthday but your birthday month you get a month okay okay cool my birthday i think i think enrique was the guy who's always sitting in the front don't you yeah actually yes yes yes yeah but but well that was not bad actually trust me it's like you know what because actually the teachers always are paying attention to people that they are at the reader at the front they are not paying attention so they are not asking you on anything because they believe that you're paying attention so a good time for everyone be at the front they believe that you're paying attention and actually if you are in front of the desk normally the teacher is stunned and he's moving from one side to the other one not in front of the desk so he's not paying attention to you now i look at everyone trust no one [Laughter] yes of course because maybe if you're if you're if you're a student and you're watching you of course now is the way that you were telling them that well it says be careful guys don't follow this kind of now but believe me that's the way i think you're right right but i think now he's watching everyone yeah i watch everyone trust me i don't trust anyone well actually that's not true but it's it's yeah yeah yeah i have some really good i mean all my students are great but yeah no trust no one all right moving on okay sounds good thank you that was extraordinary whitney thank you very much and thank you for everyone who is saying like well it's like uh like well it's like yeah vg though finally like you were like about like where we were putting like an absence for you and actually you are like more than 15 minutes late so of course you have an abs an accent an absent this time so it's like sorry i'm not going to read your comments no of course not of course not they are very welcome to be here uh and well of course also well everyone who is here joining us monique lawrence as i said joshua our friend joshua do you remember that well he was here a couple of uh programs before and he was talking about these extraordinary dances that they have in bolivia but talking about dances talking about music talking about good times and celebrations that well of course as i said at the beginning we are celebrating 210 years of independence of paraguay so congratulations to all our hawaiian friends that they are watching us and of course people not only here in the uk all over the world is like congratulations and celebrate and we're going to talk about when is exactly the celebration soon but now i think so it's time to go for a little bit of music and you remember that we were talking that well we will have this amazing amazing a participant welfare guest today tonight that is a pura hey soul so let's go and let's listen one song from them yeah how are you royal um [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] me [Music] oh [Music] [Music] [Music] me [Music] [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] is [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] me [Music] [Music] is [Music] [Music] [Music] nice music definitely yeah they have a very good rhythm and well they are going to be with us just in a couple of minutes so well if you know people that they love seoul so i think this is a good opportunity that they can come to the show and of course they can listen this extraordinary music and also that they know more about them and well as i was saying at the beginning we're celebrating these days the independence from paraguay and we have a special guest that he is coming with us and also he's a very good friend for the latin america show he has been before here with us so i would like to say hello and good evening to the ambassador genaro papalardo how are you how are you enrique very good thank you thank you for accepting this invite and of course in this special time for paraguay in particular and in that ways like i would like just like uh of course well like starting like okay well if you can tell us a little bit more about well paraguay is celebrating 2010 years of independence and when is this exactly when is the day that you are celebrating this this uh this independence but you know paraguay is a very unique country you you know that we have two shields on the our flag and we we celebrate many things two times two times or two different times and the the independence started um in the day and for team may 1811 it was all around the day in the afternoon and the evening and we we wake up the following day independence so this is why 14 and 15 we celebrate in paraguay it was the process of our independence in two days it was it was a unique uh unique earning it's not don't know probably not unique but uh young young young soldiers who paralyzed our perpetuals organize this movement but on this particular time the the governor bernardo velasco it was fantastic we have a very nice picture of frame about to uh a canyon a canyon directed to the resident of the governor uh at the day before and it was a very good because it was it wasn't it wasn't blood that day probably in the previous day but that day was very peaceful we put the canyon only one in front and we did with requests to be independent and that was a quick one time they take some time to measure yes but finally on this team we are we will need the vendors so this is why uh we celebrate 14 and 15 of may our independence well actually as as you say i think this is one of the unique countries in that way that you didn't have like long battles or something that well you have to pass through uh and it was like just a very good way to just to conclude with this with this uh independence and and just receiving this um of course this freedom from the from spain in that time so well it's like uh yeah it was really quick and and i would like to know more about it's like how do you celebrate in paraguay these days well we celebrate our normally official celebrations on the on the the palace of lopez or the the government is may 15th we have our uh parade we have a parade we have we signed our national hampton and then we are uh the normally some some people come to the president to to to shake hands whatever but during the day the day before and the day and then the 15 and the people are have party celebrate we have a very good uh food in paraguay probably different than the united kingdom but we are uh we are several foods probably very rare to listen to you but i like it is not a liquid it's not a soup it's a cake by the way okay it was funny because i remember i remember when i was my first duty in washington many years back and i i i i was a part of the third and i take a food of paraguay and i mentioned i will bring a paraguayan soup okay and they bring something to like you think to take like a soup properly but i say no it's a cake all right for a while the food is it's a cake and also we have the chipa the chipotle is like a small bread very delicious and we have a also uh our kanye la cana is is uh it's a rome paraguay is very good we celebrate with kenya and natural foods and the people are very happy but very happy people and as we become independence very in very peaceful way it's a peaceful country peaceful people i i have a quick question when you went back and you talked about the sopa that's not actually soup is the word different in paraguay because it's hard for me to find paraguayan slang and i was wondering if that if it's just a different word over there i beat you different words i can get it while you will mention what if you said like you said like la sopa wasn't actually a soup so they have a different meaning in paraguay because you know how some words have different meanings from one country to the next in spanish no no all right unique it's unique got it okay that's good to know um and you mentioned the uk speaking of which like when did you first come here what was our experience like for you i mean in uk um sorry you were talking about like the difference between like like the uk and the culture and stuff and and what was it like coming to to london i believe oh well it's completely different uh no you know i mean the the style well this time now because the people are they have put away on this fan you go to parties whatever they go to the bar but the bridges they go to the pub they go to the pub it's very tradition but the paraguay we have we are probably um in this particular time the people goes to to celebrate with their fathers you have your father your mother you go there to have a this wonderful foods it's not full with frame it's more family and in the day of the independence okay so it's like actually that way it's more like they are celebrating instead of like parties with friends as you're saying but they are like another kind of events a part of the you were telling us about the parade but i don't know if there are any other festivities around like i don't know fault or dances or a particular type of music that is played during this season yes yeah do we have what uh we have some concerts sometimes sometimes they they prepare us and concert in the garden of the palace and they are allowed to do that until many people come you have a lot of bands different kind of music from from fall music to pop whatever the people celebrating this kind of concert open open concert not that day and it's a very very unique country for me i mean paraguay and i really missed not to be there at this moment very close and something is something very important to mention because we have two two and two whatever but we in the fifth team we celebrate two things also not only the independence but mother's day in paraguay in the same day yes oh okay so what are you like no yeah because yeah for example they celebrate 10th in united states but the ninth in some other places and then 15 in paraguay it's just like the mother's got a long weekend celebrations hey in latin america we are lucky we go well we're not too lucky because it's saturday but we will be prepared to have thursday friday and the weekend yeah that's correct actually it's like it's bank holiday also in paraguay both days are only one no official holiday is the 15th the official holiday is the 15th but you know paraguays is a very uh particular particular country that the people are enjoying both days all the time yeah well we are latinos we love parties and everything so it's like yeah we don't need the skills to have a party or everything it's part of our plot and everything so yeah and just one question it's like um for example you were saying is there any particular place in um in paraguay that is like uh you have like an important festivity or tradition these days like i don't know it's like a because maybe it's like uh is the place that you were saying the place that everything like was started and consumed at the same time or they are like i don't know they go to a particular area to celebrate or something no it's not a particular area it's all all the country but it's very good question because i i want to re remind of what what happened on that period of time because i was leaving 18 11 but i want to go to the the first the first head of mission in united kingdom was francico solano lopez he was our marriage called he's a hero for the war and he was the son of carlo antonio lopez um the palace of lopez is the palace of government in paraguay he continued had the name and when when solano lopez went back to paraguay after the experience to be a head of mission in london moving to paris and ever they create a fantastic parties at the palace they dance in the palace that period of time it just passed we don't have any more at the palace but there was a particular time in the 18 1800s to have this kind of parties with very very fantastic music whatever um it's very important to know that one of the music the people like more in paraguay it calls london carape london carape but it's london london carape carapace is a kind of dance the people enjoy very much he is fantastic no london carape they danced at the palace of lopez in the 1800s wonderful well that's really interesting we don't have that and unfortunately we don't have the sign of party at the palace all right we literally miss you we like to eat there at that period of time yeah well that and and of course we would like to be invited also just to just enjoy that kind of party of course and just like talking about parties and celebration it's like is there any particular way i know that well this now they are going to be a couple of of of of years because it was like last year and this year that while we have been in london in the uk but is there any particular celebration or any way that you are going to celebrate here in the uk and just that the audience maybe they can join uh this friday and saturday that you have something that you're going to do you've been here in india for people in in the uk yeah well no i i'm not going to celebrate i i decided we have some reference for my capital to to do a very uh just to postpone to the proper time and i think will be probably next year that last year we we have to counsel it was very difficult here and this particular yet also it's not and to organize to our few only people i prefer to have more people in my independence celebration at london yeah i i've been there and it's amazing the food is amazing you were there but yeah but for example for the audience i know you had a message and one of the important governments here in the uk between latin america and uk they gonna have a video can you tell us a little bit more about that the the the link between canon town and paraguay so they're gonna show um a speech from you ambassador i'm really sorry roger have a very bad connection already so i don't know where it is i'm really sorry no worries i was saying um you're gonna have uh like a video so the party it's like uh you give us some words to to the all nationals from paraguay with the help of canning town canning town is a body government where is uh uk and latin america and it's gonna be published there in canada i think that the the the supposed to be to come tomorrow i think at the current house mission they are going to so i will share with you um but you have my mind uh and you want to to do today is not a problem but it's in spanish i didn't do it in english so uh but we have a very good video about paraguay i think uh i request for you you can you can put over there about the secretary of tourism about that but you know the most important thing is i every every year that we have celebrated independence i get back to the i get back to the future i mean i get back to the future you know it is fantastic because i i really love my country i really love the people like it was a very peaceful independence no blood not not a cruel world and it is the the spirit that paraguayan has i i love that spirit ambassador and taking from that spirit i know we we we cannot travel now but we love you to please present uh first of all thank you very much for today and please present because you have an amazing video from paraguay so all the audience the british audience can see the amazing is parabolic please can you present the video you present the video you have i give you the authorization to protect now some words some words from you because i know you are very proud that the time when we watched together that video it was amazing just please for the audience yes tell them yes yes i think it's how we celebrate in a different way uh it's not uh not complete happiness because of some sad because we have a two particular years we we live in the shadow we live in the black last year was very difficult uh in the world not only in london and faraway whatever all the work was affected and and i think this is the moment you would like to hack even the mr mentioned to we have to we can do it tomorrow but you know the hacks and you know you use the cap whatever it's a it's a time to to to think about how how how happening in life this kind of thing like you know this pandemic many people dies and many friends many friends my friends they die about several people so it's a very sad moment you know a very sad period of time and we i would like to to celebrate like the way we celebrate we have the toes we have the music we have to we like to dance we like to to shout our national hands and everything but you know i i prefer to do it in a quiet way this time and yeah it's going to be the question it's good it's going to be so sorry and i think so also it's like we have just to be conscious and and this is as you said all around the world i think so this situation that we're passing through it could be like very good lesson for everyone that well it's like we are so vulnerable as human beings so we have to be together we have to be peaceful and and also they are like a lot of things that are happening around the world nowadays that well they are no they don't make any sense i think so lessons learned about this one it's like we have to be together and we have to contribute together uh it doesn't matter if we are latinos if we are latinos in the uk if we are from europe from asia from wherever we are human beings and actually i think so uh as whitney said last uh last program that well it's like we have a singer with a particular song that it was really good and saying that well all of us we are different but that is the magic is to be different that doesn't mean that we are a different species or a different race it's like we are the same and we have to share and to celebrate that differences that we have instead of fighting against them yeah yeah and differences i believe the song actually like said with this but we all share the same heart and i think yeah just to just to add on what you were saying enrique because i thought that line of that song was so powerful and i think it's something we have to i totally agree um keep and keep in mind especially during these tough times that try to divide us it's best to come together yeah wonderful wonderful word enrique whitney thank you very much fantastic very nice very nice so this is the time but uh you know happiness is around us sadness is around us but we will go ahead we'll go ahead so this is the most important thing probably we have a lot of lessons in this particular year i i read more than my i did my life i read a lot so it was fantastic time to to read and you know to have more exercise to think about many other people to think that people are in the street whatever it's a time for for for to refresh our memories and our will correct yeah and of course learn and well so thank you very much ambassador it's been a pleasure as always having you here in the latin american show so um well celebrate in different ways for all our friends from paraguay uh but of course he's like congratulations anyway thank you for these festivities and well thank you very much ambassador thank you very much for watching it's a pleasure all the time and open to you anytime thank you very much and thank you to remember my independence day thank you very much thank you for tuning in brilliant thank you and i think so my dear friend i think so it's time to go directly to the pediatric that well that you said before that well it's like let's watch a little bit more about paraguay and these fantastic places good thank you thank you [Music] oh in the heart of south america there is a place to venture again and again [Music] fill your lungs with the aroma of its forests refresh your senses and its streams and waterfalls and its rainforests that harbor color life and unique experiences feel the purity of its culture in every corner with its craftsmanship and its melody discover the purest ancestral heritage the unique taste of this land that never loses its essence nor its charm each image remains engraved on your memory for a lifetime both in the capital where its colonial magic merges with the urban landscape as in the countryside with sunsets turning into works of art in the blink of an eye [Music] the warmth of its people makes you feel at home as if you have known them all your life the majesty of its rivers has an unparalleled beauty and an energy that shines with its own light [Music] its ancestral culture becomes art and knowledge in all museums where each step becomes a great journey [Music] aged flavors are waiting for the right moment to be enjoyed we assure you that when you are here you will live a unique experience you will find your place and you will feel as if it were yours [Music] paraguay just for you excellent so that is paraguay and just before you go thank you i have here a couple of fans that you have like while they are saying gary dances hey i think he's the coolest ambassador of all yeah so uh and of course liliana she said yes he's so cool so well it's like you have your your fans now so i think so we have to create the fans of canado papalardo yeah thank you thank you very much thank you so funny thank you very much ambassador it was a pleasure it was a pleasure to see you again all the time whatever you need i am here thank you witness thank you roger thank you very much enrique was fantastic you're you're probably fantastic thank you very much i will continue in the shadow seeing what happened next okay yeah of course yeah yeah sure of course okay yeah of course you can yeah and now it's time thank you and well as we were continuing with this celebration and knowing more about what is paraguay and all the festivities that they have we have another guest now that was like some of you if you are here in the uk and you have had the opportunity to go to different uh events of latinos she is very popular in that way because while she's always in the in all these events and she is marister gonzalez and she's the founder of grupo 80 and uh this is a non-profit organization but also they are like all the time they are like showing the best of paraguay in different ways and of course they are like showing the best uh of paraguay let me just hold on sorry fantastic yeah so they are fantastic and they are promoting of course this culture and she found this group because well it's like with intention to spread the knowledge across people in the uk how they are performing these dances so well i think so we have here maria that we have maria here i think so i cannot see your video maria maria maria are you here yeah i think so uh your video is off yes oh now he's you are here how are you maria yes i'm fine thank you for having me tonight well it's a complete pleasure and actually well it's like a as i was telling you people if you have been in shows or in events from latin american culture she's very well known uh i have the opportunity to work with carol like many times and well it's just a pleasure every time that well we are working together and contributing just to expand our culture here in the uk so well i would like to start just asking you we are from paraguay but where abouts paraguay where are you from paraguay which place um was i born in coronelo viedo near asuncion and then my family moved to another city in the countryside when i was raised and which other city they moved to uh okay and it does because well it's like actually i'm not very proficient with the geography of paraguay that is at the north south east or west of paraguay oh because we know that i think i finished north i'm not sure because just the people they know and i think so we spoke about this before paraguay is well known as the heart of south america because it's in the middle exactly of of of south america well sorry whitney over you no i'm just trying to i'm looking but i'm i'm i'm having a tough time trying to find it myself i don't have a question okay sorry well it's like okay sorry so well it's like i just want to ask you like when and and later on while you were living there and when did you arrive a to to london well i arrived in here on 23rd of december on 2005. how was that for you what was that experience like it was a little bit shocked for me how so please tell us um well uh it's a new experience for me to be in the big city and you know and was i i always leave the countryside and then you came and you know the big city it's a little bit you know yeah crowded and a lot of people and noise and yeah yes i think so it was like a little bit difficult at the beginning right yes a little bit difficult yes and the language too [Laughter] yeah the language is sometimes is difficult when we started here but you arrived to london you're coming from paraguay that's a completely different experience but how did you start the paraguayan dances in london you started here in london just no well um i started a dance paraway and dance by uh dancing uh primary and secondary school events and i never attended a dance studio but i had friends uh who did and who taught me everything about it and when um you started a dancing group um i believe it's called um when did you start that and how did that turn out um everything started when marie mesa at the time was a president of the paraguayan aglopara hawaiian society told me she had a group of children they want to dance paraway and dance and i started teaching them and eventually other people wanted to join us um to join us so we started a group with the adults um around 2006.
but then they came around 2008. um we are very uh uni unites group and almost all the original uh member still with us wow and you said you talked about adults but um are kids a part of it because i think i saw one or two in the pictures do you have something exclusively for kids or is it purely adults doing these dances in this group initially was children but then the adult they can and join us too yes but we have a children group and the other group too got it also i can see maria that was like well it's like we are watching some some pictures and some events that you have been participating here in the uk uh but also i can notice that well you have i don't know if you can move your camera a little bit down so we can see that well i can see that you have the the paraguayan flag behind you yes i got yes yeah i don't know if you could yeah perfect and actually you're wearing something what are you wearing yes yes i wearing my traditional is like a spiderweb okay okay yeah because all this is made by hand for our um artisan uh people in paraguay this is incredible yes we love how colorful it is yes and this is my ear is a bead you can see oh your earrings yes um yes it's uh our name is is mean uh honey honey yeah that is that quality yes okay okay do you speak warani yes really okay well uh tell us something in warning yeah i i would love something like i don't know welcome to the latin america show or i don't know it's like i don't know something nice and then spanish so we can hear the difference um okay that was quick and what did you ask whitney what did you say well could you say what you just said and spanish so we can hear how different it is because i know it's very different yes um oh yeah that's that's very different yes okay okay and yeah and you normally sorry i'm just like it's just coming to my mind do you normally speak warning i don't know with your with your friends here in the uk people from paraguay of course yeah yes um normally when we have our uh we when we are not every night yeah when you have together yeah all together we yeah yeah yeah and we speak guarani oh that's amazing i i haven't heard you speak warnie before i don't know why i don't know because you don't speak for guarani no no but i can be no no i know but i know but i have been in places as well she has been with more people from paraguay et cetera and i haven't cared like while she is speaking well we expect when we don't want to people know what and you know sometimes people they can't understand what we're talking about okay well always is a good point yeah and and also while just going back to uh that well actually i remember that well one day you you complained my pronunciation about the name yeah yeah you remember that one yeah okay so it's like i i i know that what you're celebrating 15 years so it's like you have a 50th anniversary of rupaul 80 so yes well first it's like congratulations for that i think this is like um an extraordinary achievement yeah just getting like 15 years and also as you were saying that it's like basically the same people but i don't know if you can tell us about some memorable moments that maybe have happened during these years or something that is coming to your mind yes um there were many but i think that the most memorable was uh the new year parade on 2018. 2018 but which parade was that one the new year's yeah yeah yeah okay that was an amazing and amazing uh an amazing day for the meaning of the latin americans showing the traditions so um i was there i saw you and i was in in love of the the all the dresses and then what's the meaning is it dance specific because you have um it's like a bottle no on your head yeah yeah it doesn't have any meaning or is part of the folklore easy it's part of the folklore and the dance is called veda we we dance uh with bottle or we can dance with the bass two is is the band actually the guy in the picture it was fernando montano right yes that's yes correct yeah that he's from colombia right yes [Music] and and just one question i have here is like because i don't know we have someone in the audience that well is eleg that well i don't know how to pronounce it actually it's like i i can see i don't know whitney can you pronounce that i'm going to try it i do not speak warney i'm going to say karuporande laughing i'm wrong okay that's it i'm done trying did you get it what is that maria yep what was what's the meaning of that uh i'll fine like i'm fine thank you and you and you yeah and you ah okay perfect so what is like now we are gonna maybe we are gonna have these conversations now with people that speak warning and they don't want that we know what are they talking about so it's like you just gave them the idea and now it's going to be a problem but then they're more important if elec is an englishman and his bitcoin is a for me i'm very proud of him yeah actually yes uh and and i think so it's warning it's difficult yes yeah well it's like i ca i can see the way that they are like yeah the way that it's has been written here it's like quite complex so uh i think so the the alphabet of course is not the same one uh and and they have like different letters there yeah yeah yeah when we did the last show and i was looking up words and how to pronounce them it's hard to learn it online there's not as many nearly as many resources as there are for other languages so but it's very different but it's yet cool that you not many people know that that's the other official language yes paraguay it's a fun it's a fun fact um i i have a quick question about so during lockdown um you decide i believe to hold like workshops um with the product line dances online how did that go and how how was it received um actually um we didn't give a workshop online well we what we did was so obtain a grant by the department for digital culture median sport um explore um national the national lottery community funds all right and thank you to the federation or latin american artist groups which we are part of it we with the fun the um correspondent to paraguay we hire a paraguayan dance teacher to give uh [Music] sun online classes of paraguayan dances and history of the paraguayan dance that was very interesting for many people to know more uh to to to know more about paraguayan dance and the history too okay thank you okay good to know wow that's that's amazing i mean as you say whitney and maria is it's a difficult obviously it's it's very particular of paraguay that warning and and obviously the dances are beautiful i saw it i recommend every all the audience just type for or search for a group of ade on facebook so you can see all those dances which are i mean love are amazing and maria one last question what is your favorite thing about latin america well um i love everything related to american culture it's music food people everything and and what is the biggest thing that you miss about parliament one just one i know that the baby they are many but one thing that you say i miss this one um to take a mate with my mother okay you know it's mean mate yeah it's the it's the drink the herbal it's a drink yes yes but that is the hot drink early in the morning yes we talked about that actually and how it's a little different in different parts of the southern cone but yeah yeah yeah and i think someone saw in the comments they said mate when they saw the video paraguay because there was with the straws the metal straws mate mugs so yeah we have talked about that for those of you who don't know it comes it's a plant-based drink that comes from the holly plant family is consumed in argentina uruguay paraguay and i think brazil as well yes in production of it yeah yes yes yes and and one question to the ambassador do you speak warning also i i i would say only one word in guarani who though who is i love you the best way to get a beautiful girl [Laughter] wow okay so while it could be like a like a good icebreaker in paraguay like well if you are to meet someone no yeah vice words [Laughter] okay just take note guys if you are planning to go to paraguay that was like well guys it means boys and girls like could be a very good icebreaker that you can use like just say to someone that maybe you fancy yeah well actually maria it's like a well of course i have some comments that well you have like some fans here that of course elek um we have joshua uh and we have some people that well they are saying that of course congratulations for these 15 years uh of the of 88 as well because it hasn't been easier but also it's like i think that you are a very good also a cultural ambassador that well is like um for for the latin american culture in general here in the uk and also we appreciate a lot and and hopefully once this lockdown is over well i'm pretty sure we will meet again and we will invite of course the audience that well to go to the different events that we have from latin of latin america that we're sharing all these dances the food the traditions the drinks and hopefully next year we can celebrate all together this independence day yes with some canyons of course no [Laughter] enrique on 15th of may is a mother's days in paraguay and i would like to wish a happy mother's day for every paraguayan woman around the world and that's it okay well yeah and and of course well it's like a for all the well as we were saying at the beginning also for all the mothers around the world it's like yes how would you say happy mother's day in guarani or something similar i don't know if there is like you killed me now oh my god sorry that was not planet oh i don't know how to say happy mother's day or or something like like felicity today andrea okay just talking about us in guarani and they're just teaching us the wrong word uh yeah yes well thank you very much maria it has been a pleasure and of course while it's like a once the lockdown is over as i said uh we're going to invite the audience to well let us know when you will have a what would you present just you know that people they will have the opportunity to go there and enjoy these traditional dresses and also dancing with the bottle and the head and everything yeah uh and if you need some bottles that maybe we need to drink something in advance let us know so we can support you drinking the things of the bottles and later on you can okay no problem i'm pretty sure there are going to be a lot of volunteers for that so don't worry yes yes don't worry about that okay um we we started our rehearsal on let me see the sunday 23rd of may in husky studio okay and people they are invited everyone they can come and join us it's free it's 10 to 12 in the morning yes okay so actually if yeah actually uh royer if next week also we can remind to the audience if we can put like the events that we have you know that people they they they have it and also we can post it just like a for the audience that they know yeah yeah thank you very much no thank you please send me the lead send me the details on on on facebook so i post i do a post maria thank you thank you very much oh my god okay here is like a saying grupo hey saying she okay yeah we need this one yeah a lot of people that sometimes they're supporting us and helping us so don't worry yeah okay thank you very much guys maria it has been a pleasure and thank you very much for being here with us tonight you're welcome okay cheers [Music] so well just continue with the guest uh sorry right now yeah no no you you enrique okay okay so um let me go here it's time to music it's thank you music well i don't know okay this time our guests as you listen at the be well at the beginning of the show basically this extraordinary song and this soul so well we have put in 2013 by jennifer higgs and miguel narvaez the necessity of revaluate the origins of the music and art with this vision pura hey soul was born time and experience and the search of a fusion sound which recognized their identity and the diversity from their roots miguel avaya singer producer and vocal coach with 16 years of experience he had pursued participate in several international musical contests in different projects in paraguay jennifer hicks singer and songwriter she came with a musical background from her family i believe in the art of human rights has impacted in her musical career in 2018 they they record they record a first album singing in what any spanish and english they have performed in europe mexico and argentina and festivals on the most uh singular places and very important places places which share the same passion for art and culture with the singular music they conquer every place where they perform please welcome pura hey soul wow hello that was a nice introduction wow thank you very much for having us wow this is a present for us here talking to you guys how i usually say we are very well we are flattered that you are here with us uh and well as we were spoken before it's like uh you have an amazing rhythm uh extraordinary songs it's really good and i know that well you jen as as royal he was saying it's like even part of your family background about all these kind of arts etc but i would like to ask to both of you it's like how did you start with this musical formation in particular so i don't know if you want we can start with you jen how you started yeah let's start with jenny well we both have have like really different uh roads for the the music i started like in family and family meetings and singing with my with my dad and my my sisters and brothers and and later i i sing like in in high school contests and i i i start like uh having like uh come on economica yeah okay stability financial availability yes yes only with hey yeah we don't know what that means [Laughter] yes we are okay so like eight years ago but i started yes with with my family like like a hobby and and like a family community to all family ritual from the family yes yeah amazing and what about you miguel yeah yeah and um when i was in eight years old and i started to with a mariachi yeah what yeah empire why we have more mariachis than um traditional music musical music musicians yeah and and that's so funny yeah because i i i am one of them he was like really i was one of them when i was young yeah yeah i of course this kind of painful songs and everything i i'm pretty sure if you were like a mariachi but how did you start changing because well now it's like uh well you have passed through many different rhythms so it's like yeah what happened there just life my friend um because we we as as a musician we we have to change our styles and every time and learn some music i mean i'm i'm not conceded and a musician um latin american musician we have to sing bolero we have to sing what anyas yeah because we we were off in the middle of the latin america you know in just just that we're both learning how to listen listen um i i i'm so sorry for spoken english no worries no that's perfect but as you say you're you're in the middle of latin america and obviously you're following your career and seeing your videos i mean that's amazing but i want to know and bri and everyone wanted to know what is the meaning of the name pura hey soul and when you start us means seeing or singing in in english language in our loving language and we are not in native languages you know and and so and means alma in in in spanish and and with that word we want to um talk about our influence from afro-american music like r b soul and blues jazz that we we like a lot too and that's what we want to have that word in in our name just like that and canto singing from the soul wow it's amazing i mean it's it's an honor that that that that name the this is really strong and how do you make together do you make together before how how do you start a duel we meet each other in uh uh just seminary uh is that how we say just it's a seminary yeah like a seminar yeah and in 2000 2013 yeah yes and after three months we started this project and miguel er just just came at that time he he just came from from new yeah you wanted to travel again yeah again yeah with with that feeling is is how it born ah very nice yeah yeah you're so well-gendered don't worry about it it's all good we have translators here so so don't worry about that at all i have a question in speaking language um your first album swing guarani it opened doors in many many ways and what was that like for you guys what impact did that have on your career well it was great it's still great because we have like uh our first international international tours thanks to that album we've been in argentina in like four cities from argentina and after we we've been in in mexico and finally with we've been to in in and and it was really good the people like a lot there the traditional wire music that we we showed there and and also we met you guys there yeah yeah that's true that's true i was i was speechless when i when i was young london that wasn't london right it was it was outside kind of a little bit outside london but yeah it's considered london yeah but this is one of the uh one of the most important universities by the way yeah we saw that we saw that for real it was so huge and so beautiful to play to you guys and it was an honor for for us to be there and i i have a question it's like well you've been thinking like of course across paraguay but outside paraguay how people they have received your songs that they have been sung on in in how do people receive the different language how do they receive it in other countries like for example here or in us or somewhere else um let's see how you react okay good good [Music] foreign [Music] [Applause] [Music] foreign [Music] [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] [Laughter] [Music] wow listen i have my skin is that like chicken i don't know exactly the sound that the sound and the the way you sing it the way you transmit the the when you're singing it's just it's something like probably the barrier of language because i don't understand but i can feel it so that's my reaction thank you so much thank you yeah and actually it sounds it sounds really good it's a it's like a sweet language i think so yeah in that way yeah and and i one of the things that i i would like to highlight there is like well it's like i would love that the rest of the countries in latin america we will be so attached to our languages that we have as as para y uh i don't know in mexico people sometimes they are ashamed to talk uh another language and uh that the local language and i think so it's like i i really love how you promote and how you really are proud of that that well actually i'm just a little bit jealous that i don't know any other local language in my country and it's like now i feel like curiosity like well that could be interesting and not only as mariachi was saying that well it's just to just talk about about some topics around and people they don't understand no but i think it's really interesting the way that you are so proud about it and and honestly it's like that's the way that we have to be uh about our roots and also of course expanding this knowledge yeah especially thank you oh sorry no no go ahead please no now i just i i i just like to say that we're really proud of uh our native language and and everybody should be proud of it um everybody that is speaking that speak what i need should be private proud of it and and we're so happy to to tour around the world to take our language and our music with um to the people yeah no and i was just going to do it not only that sorry with me don't need not only that is you guys are young so it's a new generation so now you're singing to young people and more young people can receive and and receive that which is amazing with me you no i was just gonna think that's like you know this is one of the areas i teach about indigenous languages and there's all these hot topics about all these indigenous native languages that are disappearing from other countries so i think it's wonderful that guani is recognized it's recognized as a official language and that you guys are keeping it alive um but i have a question about something else and it's about your latest work the sapo and the inspiration about the project can you elaborate a little bit more about that piece of work i believe our next next song and is about to go out this friday and it's like a it's like a love song but yeah it speak about let go and and and be happy and thankful uh in any way anyways to let go which is interesting because it's desapaego in english is like indifference so well it could be more in that way i think so that translation in english should be more like not attachments right not attachments not be attached to something except in that way and level yeah yeah it's like understand how to release i i i think it's more like okay how to release of some of the things and not be attached directly for it to be feelings or it could be like material things in general yeah and i guess that's why i was asking if if that was what the lyrics were about yes and and and it's a love song but speaking about uh this um like other other way to love like letting go but and be happy and thankful yeah and you realize how happy we were anyways just like to take in the best no take the best and also is this kind of just be disattached is like more like just well to be happy because well you have it at certain time yeah yeah just like that that happens and and and also it's like well it's like i know that well it's like i i just want to know that also in your band they are you playing like traditional music from paraguay yes it's like a a traditional confirmation called a bandita koa and we have like a cinco wow women okay that's nice and we're we're they are all teachers and they they play so so so well and we we're so proud of them them yeah because i'm pretty nervous because they represent all of uh we all of what we're gonna say you know and to take in woman's in the in this in the stage you know and inside instead of mens says so that is like something that should be traditional because it should be like performed by men only so it's something that well is that part of a tradition normally or or or why normally men they are the ones that they are playing just like this because they're but but anyway i think that's that's really good that well that you are making these kind of changes and just yeah just to demonstrate that well it's the same it doesn't matter and also it's like we are equals it doesn't matter if you are male or female we have the same rights yeah yes we are the same yeah that's pretty good yeah well i i love these duo uh i know that a little bit nervous but they was on the forever we love you there was on tv last yesterday and there was doing a video there was on tv national tv paraguay paraguay so for people who are watching us uh in the latin american show and the british people just you need to listen these guys because they are amazing and just to i i just saw miguel is very nervous miguel nervous can you sing a little bit now you've got it guitar are you in spanish it could be something that's embarrassing okay here we go okay [Music] [Music] is [Music] stay [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] you know i love it it's just like i say i i still i have ghost bombs because the feeling you know it's just like it's it is amazing i mean you guys do you guys rock thank you so much any question ambassadors you would like to ask them to er to our friends so happy you know i continues in the program i think the foreign is all my friends wonderful music wonderful musician from paraguay the new area of paraguayan music they represent so guys i'm just going to ask you one question if you wou