How a 14-year-old girl is making Quechua cool in Peru — with music and lyrics from Michael Jackson

14-year-old Renata Flores is helping make an ancient indigenous language cool among young people in Peru -- with a little help from pop music icons like Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys! Renata recorded a music video of her singing Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” in Quechua, a language descended from the Inca over 800 years ago -- it went viral with over 1.2 million views in less than two months. And, her video has made a big impact as Renata told the BBC, “None of my friends speak Quechua, not one. Now my friends are telling me because of what I did, they want to learn.”

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