Manuel Coreto is a native person from Kwisnawat, in the department of Sonsonate, in El Salvador. He learned Nawat once his grandfather died and visited him in his sleep for three months to teach him his mother language. In the daily life of El Salvador, the separation between life and death is a very thin line.
Manuel set up his Yutawil (dawn) Choir, composed by young singers from his village. With this initiative he teaches Nawat through music, giving concerts in different parts of the country.
Thanks to the project Ne nawat shuchikisa hundreds of young people and children had the opportunity to meet him and learn his songs along with his Yutawil Choir.
In this ColecciónTakwika we are offering with all respect the songs of the Nawat speakers and neo-speakers from El Salvador.
The song ‘Takwika wan naja has been sung by children, youth and adult choirs of El Salvador thanks to the work of the Spanish composer Sonia Megías, supported by institutions such as the Spanish Cooperation, the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador or the Government of San Salvador. This collaboration with the indigenous people of El Salvador helps to disseminate the music that they create today for the revitalization of the Nawat language. With the contribution of projects like this, the Nawat language of El Salvador is no longer in danger of extinction.
Covers in this ColecciónTakwika of songs in Nawat are courtesy of Salvadorean designer Carlos Miranda. The text in Nawat have all been revised by Nawat specialist Rubén Alvaguer.
Funds raised from the sale of the scores go directly to the Tuyulu Takwika (our heart sings) space for the dissemination and protection of music in Nawat, directed by the young indigenous leader Estela Patriz.
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