79 F
Mérida
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
###

Belle Delouisse turns a feminist anthem into a ‘love letter’ to women of Yucatán

Latest headlines

Casa Vagantes is a rescued wonder found behind Paseo Montejo

Casa Vagantes comprises a traditional abode with a surface of 70 square meters / 754 square feet and has been fully revamped with modern travelers in mind.

Jazz festival to make its comeback in Playa del Carmen this November

The festival will be of a hybrid nature, with some of the events being held online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, city authorities announced.

Mérida prepares to host Mexico’s most important tourism trade show

The event known as the Tianguis Turístico Mexico will bring together representatives from the country’s 32 states, as well as buyers from 70 countries.

The great Kukulkán prepares for his descent, but no one will be there to see him

As was the case during the last spring equinox, Chichén Itzá closed for three days as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
Belle Delouisse has adapted a familiar song as a “love letter dedicated to women living on the Yucatán Peninsula.” Photo: Courtesy

Young Mérida-born music artist Belle Delouisse has taken a feminist anthem and brought it home.

Delouisse’s version of Vivir Quintana’s “Canción sin miedo” (“Song Without Fear”) is “love letter dedicated to women living in the Yucatan Peninsula.”

The original “Canción sin miedo” had its moment during 2020’s Latin American protests against femicide and abortion laws and became the unofficial song of the movement.

“We sing without fear, we ask for justice, we shout for each disappeared,” the lyrics declare, in English.

For her compatriots in Yucatán, Delouisse added:

“For all the compas marching in Montejo. For all the women fighting in the Port. For the mestizos of the north and south. For all the mothers fighting in Tahdziú. We sing without fear, we ask for justice.”

“I’m Jessica, I’m Silvia and I’m Fernanda. I’m Norma, I’m Maria and I’m Ana.”

In this way, she makes visible the cases of women who have been victims of gender violence in Yucatán.

She acknowledged to local media that Vivir Quintana’s lyrics are already strong and relate to all women. But she still felt it was important to regionalize the lyrics.

“The song, since I heard it, made me wonder about the cases of femicides that have occurred throughout Yucatán,” she said in La Jornada Maya, “those that we have known about Mérida and I wonder about all those cases in the municipalities that we do not know about.”

Despite feeling lucky living in one of the safest states in the country, this does not prevent her from recognizing that data still indicate violence against women.

“In the song, they mention the cities where conflicts are greatest, but I wanted to emphasize that in Yucatán they also happen. The modification is not done just because, there was a process of meditation and study,” he added.

Once the video was ready, she shared it on Twitter and tagged Vivir Quintana.

To Delouisse’s delight, Vivir shared the video on her networks and also congratulated her, noting how artfully part of it was translated into Mayan.

“Although it was not possible to make an exact translation for the melody, an interpretation was made with the help of Henry Tun Poot,” she said.

Other creative collaborators included Mariana Piñeyro, Fernando DeEva and Luis Escalera.

The young, self-described Afro-Mexican performer started singing at 15 and has participated in cultural events in Mérida and Campeche, but considers this to be the first formal project.

She has taken classes with the Yucatecan troubadour Alfredo Gamboa Pixan, guitar classes at the State Center of Fine Arts and studied at the Center for Jazz Studies in Xalapa, Veracruz.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

House permits for foreigners — How to buy a house in México

Any foreigner can obtain direct ownership of a property in the interior of the country, they just need a permit from the Foreigner Affair's Office. However, under Mexican law, foreigners cannot directly own property within the restricted zone.

Bars, cantinas, and sports centers to re-open in Yucatán

Mérida’s bars and cantinas will be allowed to operate once again, but only at 50% capacity. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der...

Great news for music enthusiasts: Santa Lucia Serenades To Return In October

We think that the serenades are learning the necessary measurements very quickly to be able to open this show,” says Mérida's director of Culture.

The small but beautiful ancient city of Chicanná

Chicanná gets its name from its most famous building, the House of the Serpent Mouth.

Yucatán curfew: Vehicle restrictions almost at the end of the road

A road curfew that kept non-emergency vehicles off the road after 11 p.m. will end Monday, Oct. 4.

Yucatán faces resistance as COVID spread continues

A "World Wide Rally for Freedom" was held on the Paseo de Montejo to protest pandemic-related restrictions. Photo: Diario de Yucatán

Guns N’ Roses cancels Mérida concert, vows to return in 2022

Guns N' Roses won't be in Mérida in 2021 after all. Los Angeles rockers Guns N' Roses...

Cholul — The small pueblo named after water wood in Northern Mérida

Although it has largely grown in popularity for newcomers, Cholul still retains its town designation as well as most of its traditions and customs.

Yucatán loosens curfew and eases limits on restaurant hours

Yucatán is easing its pandemic curfew, allowing drivers on the road at night between Sunday and Wednesday.

The best breakfasts in Yucatán

Breakfast time in Yucatán is full of delicious options, from the spicy to the sweet and savory.