PRÉNDEME LA VELA (Light My Candle)
Abelardo Vásquez & Cumanana
(Alcatraz)
Performed by Abelardo Vásquez y Cumanana
Written by Abelardo Vásquez
From the album: Lo Mejor Del Ritmo Negro Peruano
©1973 El Virrey 1226

Burn!
How pretty!
Oh, come on, burn it!
Come on, black boy, light my candle!
Come on, black girl, light my candle!
I’m going to burn this candle to heat up the Alcatraz
I’m going to burn this candle, gonna set my butt on fire!

I will be burned by no one, no one can burn me
With this shaking that I’m doing, gonna blow that candle out!

Burn the Negra Cachita, the most insolent one
She smokes and drinks just like a man

Come on Comadre Cachita, let’s both get started
To the rhythm on the rug to see who can shake it more
I’m going to burn this candle to heat up the Alcatraz
I’m going to burn this candle, gonna set your butt on fire

The Alcatraz is a dance which consists of one of the partners furiously moving their hips while dancing with a piece of paper attached at the back of the waist. The other partner dances the same way behind him (or her, as it goes by turns) holding a candle and trying to light the paper.

Comadre–like compadre (godfather) a surname added for respect or familiarity.