"Me Gritaron Negra"/"They Screamed Black at Me (Victoria Santa Cruz)

"Y me sentí negra, ¡Negra! Como ellos decían" "And I felt black Black! Just like their screams"

"Y me sentí negra, ¡Negra!
Como ellos decían"

"And I felt black
Black!
Just like their screams"

Peru / 1960s

First Peruvian post! Victoria Santa Cruz was an ambassador of Peruvian culture, poet and artist that promoted Afro-Peruvian folklore. This poem is a performance/dance piece that recalls the first time she realized she was black, at age 7. She hated it, at first, but she came to love it. I was just watching some of her interviews on YouTube and - while I didn't understand every word - I was totally enamored by her voice and the power she seemed to possess. She spoke with such conviction and with such a seductive rhythm. In addition to starting the first Black Peruvian dance company, she also studied choreography in Paris and is today known as "the mother of Afro Peruvian dance and theatre." She is a fixture in the Peruvian literary canon. Very cool stuff. Santa Cruz passed away in 2014 at the age of 91. Here are some beautiful performances of this poem. Please watch them. She pairs the poetry with a lovely rhythm and dance:

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN5M0jehU7s&list=LLgDDRKTcLaoUkIhHEloyvfQ&index=6

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfQ-cJ6DTdE&index=5&list=LLgDDRKTcLaoUkIhHEloyvfQ

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5vPoqDkMF0&index=4&list=LLgDDRKTcLaoUkIhHEloyvfQ

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