A Brief, Possibly Drug-Induced Peruvian-Chasidic Interlude

Charles Mann forwarded me this video, along with a post by Alma Guillermoprieto that attempts to explain the video, nearly successfully. I don't know what to make of much anymore, especially this, though I will say it is pleasing to hear Peruvian pop stars singing so happily about Israel, and to see guest appearances by both the Bratslaver Chasidim and the headquarters of the Israeli Defense Ministry in a campy Andean music video:


Guillermoprieto writes:

 In the prologue the Delfín, who likes to begin his socially-conscious music videos with similar scenes, is shown relaxing in his living room, watching the news. In this case, the faces on the screen express their doubts about Israel as a tourist destination. "There could be bombs in the street," one woman says. "It scares me." The Delfín springs to his feet in outrage at this distortion: "This cannot be!" he cries, and the Andean disco/huayno beat kicks in. "Israel, Israel," the singers chant in the chorus, How pretty Israel is! Israel, Israel In your lands one day I'll dance. Once viewers have finished admiring the costumes (The detailing on the Delfín's fly, the Tigresa's metallic bodysuit), the changing backdrops (an Andean village with wandering camels, an underwater scuba-diver waving at the camera), the ebullient dancing, and so much more, an inevitable question arises: who are these people?
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