Thursday, November 15, 2012
If you listen to the villancico, don't be fooled, as I was at first, into thinking that you hear the choir singing "It's a lie!" or "It's alive!" about halfway through. They are actually singing "Achalay" or "Achallay," a joyful exclamation in the Quechua language. See Mily Crevels and Pieter Muysken, edd., Lenguas de Bolivia, Tomo I: Ámbito Andino (La Paz: Plural Editores, 2009), p. 322, where the word is glossed:
'¡Qué felices estamos!' (pareja en la fiesta bailando)Instead of the same old Christmas carols this year, it would be a delightful change to hear a choir sing Fuera, Fuera!