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Grab an insecticide and get ready to dance Chikungun Plena

Why an insecticide?

If you are planning to visit Puerto Rico during Christmas you need to know we are having some problems with mosquitoes, especially with the Aedes Aegypti, which is spreading a disease called chikungunya. We strongly advise that you get a good insect repellent, otherwise you may find yourself in bed, arthritic, for about a week. Nothing lethal, though. You will be ready for parrandas within a few days.

The “Chikungun” song and the Plena’s oral traditon

Plena is one of the native music rhythms on Puerto Rico. It originated in working-class neighborhoods in the coastal regions of the island.  During the time, it was used to  communicate issues of social justice and community. In the good tradition of Plena, a music group called Plenarmonica has come up with the Chikungun Plena, a song that, with humor and candor, documents this arthritic period of our history.

Listen to the “Chikungun” song

Here is the song. It might become a hit during Christmas, make sure you can sing one or two lines to impress your friends:

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“Chikungun” song, by Plenarmonica (the video is unavailable at this time)

“Chikungun” Lyrics

Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikuncunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a picar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikuncunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a contaminar

Cuidao con el Aegypty que te da la punzá
Cuidao que el albopictus que te quiere encadenar

Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a picar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a contaminar

De la picá es el virus mas fuerte que Tarzán
Te romperá los huesos y te va a escriquillar

Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a picar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a contaminar

Te va a subir la fiebre, te entripará el sudor
Te duele hasta la cabeza, te duele hasta el dolor

Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a picar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya
Cuidao que ese mosquito te va a contaminar

Ay mi madre ese virus ya me quiere tumbar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chinkun chinkungunya

Ay me pica!
Echale flí, echale flí!
Ay me pica!
Ay me pica!
Pshhshh, Pshhshh, Pshhshh, Pshhshh
Ay me pica
Cuidao que te coge!
Ay me picaaaa!!!

Aede aede la sangre te llama
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya

Aede albopictus a contra echa pa lla.
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya

Es medio Draculí y me quiere picar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya

Aegyoty si te hinca también te estasajó
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chikungunya

Te va a romper los huesos, dolor te va a doblar
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chinkun chinkungunya

Chinkun chinkun kukun chikun chinkun chikungun ya
Chinkun chinkun kun chikun chinkun chinkuncunya
Sacude!
Sacude!
Mátalo, mátalo!
Bzzz bbzz bzzz

 

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