The "black" sand (arena azul) comes from the mountains. It
contains iron, and is attracted by magnets. This sand
is small and in fact deep dark blue. Many beaches in Mexico are named "Playa Azul" (Blue
Beach). That is not for the blue water or blue skies,
it is for this blue sand. As this sand is usually covered
by normal sand, you may not always see it. But when you are on a
beach named this way, just dig 10 centimetres or so. Walking here
bare foot mid day on dry sand may be difficult, but the blue sand gets
more hot as the other. Watch your children, sometimes they get
trapped half way in the direction to the see, or back, realising that
back or forth is not a solution.
Lila Downs, from Oaxaca,
sings a traditional song about black people in Mexico, "Arenita Azul" (28.8k Real Media Stream),
released by Narada Records.
Huapango anónimo de Río Grande, Oaxaca
Anoche cayó l'agua,
- No soy cubana.
- No soy jarocha.
Qué quiere ser mi maí?
- ¡Soy mariposa!
Desde que te fuiste,
no he visto flores,
ni lo pajaro cantan,
ni l'agua corre.
Tiny blue sand
Anonymous huapango song from Río Grande, Oaxaca
Tiny blue sand,
where did you come from?
Last night the rain fell,
and it revealed you.
Are you a Cuban woman?
- No, I'm not a Cuban woman.
Are you a Jarocha woman?
- No, I'm not a Jarocha woman?.
What would you like to be?
- I am a butterfly!
Since you left,
I haven't seen any flowers,
nor does a bird sing,
nor flows the river.
The words in this song allude to the prejudices
that face the black coastal people of Mexico. Faced with
questions that would reduce the singer to belonging to an
ethnic group she answers that she would just rather be a