Renata Flores: Indigenous Peruvian teenager saving an ancient Incan language through her singing voice

Peruvian singer Renata Flores is using her voice to save an ancient Incan language, Quechua.

Renata Flores rose to fame at the age of 14 when she recorded a Quechua cover of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel”.

The second-most spoken language in Peru, native speakers of Quechua have suffered from discrimination and social stigma for generations, and today, many young people aren’t learning the language at all.

Since her cover of the Michael Jackson hit became an internet sensation in 2015, Renata Flores has been performing songs in her family and ancestors’ native tongue – combining trap, hip-hop, and electronic influences with Andean instruments.

Now 18, Renata Flores is sparking a renewed interest in the Quechuan language and culture, and is garnering the attention of fans worldwide.

Renata Flores says: “I like Quechua because it’s a language that is considerate of others. Music is the true universal language.”

Image Source: Renata Flores Facebook page

Renata Flores

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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