Lila Downs Video Showing Tortilla Making in Oaxaca

Gloria En la Huerta from the Los Angeles Bread Bakers sent me a link to this music video that shows tortilla making in Oaxaca. The song is “Palomo Del Comalito” (Dove of the Comalito) by Lila Downs. Note the huge corn tortillas, proof of the regional diversity of Mexican cuisine (and one of the many details I got wrong in my tortilla press post–thanks for the corrections Gloria).

Lyrics in English after the jump.

The beautiful people of this land
Grind corn
A miracle of their hands
A yellow shine I saw
In a basket she carries gold
Soft corn gold
In a basket she carries gold
Soft corn gold

It’s over… my suffering is over
There’s no more evil… there’s no evil that can last a hundred years
Little dove fly and tell her
That I’m here to kiss her hands
Little dove fly and tell her
That I’m here to kiss her hands

Cu,curu,cu,cuu,curu,curu, cu,cu

Little dove sing about the miracle
About the dough, about the smoke of this comal
You who drank my tears
Of crystal grains
You who drank my tears
Of crystal grains

And miracles of this land
And women whose hands give nourishment
She who invites even though she may have nothing
And fights for the things that are really worthy
She who invites even though she may have nothing
And fights for the things that are really worthy

Little dove sing about the miracle
About the dough, about the smoke of this comal
You who drank my tears
Of crystal grains
You who drank my tears
Of crystal grains

Translation from http://lyricstranslate.com/en/palomo-del-comalito-dove-comalito.html#ixzz2yRI9IePq

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  1. Blessings on Gloria de la Huerta! I fell in love with this song/video on a channel with NO artist/title info. Thank you soo much!

  2. She has another great song, La Cumbia del Mole, sung in both Spanish and English, about making mole. I heard it first in Spanish, which I don’t know, and thought it was about some passionate affair; instead, passionate cooking.

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