Can Michael Jackson Resurrect an Ancient Language?

How do you preserve an ancestral language while making it relevant for this generation's youth? For one teenage girl in Peru, it's through music. Renata Flores, a 14-year-old internet sensation, has revived interest in Quechua, an ancient Incan language, by performing and recording well-known pop songs in this language. Her version of Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" has received nearly 1 million views on YouTube.

The Quechua language, once considered an "old language spoken by 'uneducated' people," now has a new generation of followers who are both studying the language and proud to speak it. As this video demonstrates, music diplomacy, new media technologies and international broadcasting can be a powerful platform to promote interest in cultures, customs and traditions. 

Can Michael Jackson resurrect an ancient language? - BBC Trending


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