His humility, charisma and pride in his roots led to Maria Jesus Rodriguez better known as ‘La Miski’, to become one of the most emblematic figures of Andean music. For a decade she was in charge of the program “Miski Takiy” (“sweet song” in Quechua) broadcast by TV Peru, which she considers “a window to show the work of artists who began with the dream of spreading their music.”
Currently, she is focused on her career as a singer. Among her latest projects is the concert “Thank you for life”, which will take place this August 31 at the Bianca Convention CenterRavine.
“Healthy music ennobles the spirit of adults and children; That’s what my father used to say and that’s what we want to do, meet our audience together with my brother, Jesús ‘El Viejo’ Rodríguez”, he commented in an exclusive interview with La República. He knows more details of his life in this note.
His time on the program “Miski Takiy”
In 2001, María Jesús Rodríguez premiered the program “Miski Takiy” and with this space she managed to consolidate her career on Peruvian television. The public’s affection for her was so great that she was called ‘La Miski’, however, in 2010, she stepped aside from her and her place was taken by the singers Saywa and Damaris.
“The program, when it started, was a window to show the work of those artists who were just starting out, I’m talking about when a Sonia Morales, a Dilio Galindo or a William Luna just appeared on television,” he told La República.
“It was a decade of my life that I totally gave myself because we didn’t just do the program on the set or outside, we went to the towns, we traveled, we went to the interior, to see the customs, the traditions, especially the musical”, added ‘La Miski’.
Finding out that he was no longer going meant a great pain to him. “Part of my life was dented, it was a very hard blow because, for me, ‘Miski Takiy’ was my life. TV Peru is my family until now. It was my second home and until now I feel that way, but, as an entity that belongs to the State, people go, people come”.
Will ‘La Miski’ return to driving?
When consulted, the artist from the legendary group La Familia Rodríguez mentioned that surprises are coming soon: “There are plans to return to driving, definitely mine is TV, radio, the media, events, trips to the interior; that is my life. I don’t know what would become of me if I did something else.”
The sister of ‘Old Rodriguez’ revealed that leaving “Miski Takiy” helped her boost her career, which she had neglected to support new talents.
‘La Miski’ as a jury in the program “Sorpréndete”
The singer María Jesús Rodríguez was part of the jury in the sequence “Miss folklore 2022, la pre”, of the program “Sorpréndete” in Willax and under the leadership of Gian Piero Díaz and Rossana Fernández. She is excited to see that more and more media promote the dissemination of Peruvian music.
“Now that the contests are taking place on TV, I remember that this began in the program ‘Fábrica de Sueños’, which began with a very small segment of eight minutes, 10 minutes and finally ended with a 40-minute sequence because it gave very good results in rating”, he mentioned.
“We are united by a great friendship with Gian Piero, Rossanita, with the entire production, that wonderful idea of ’Factory of Dreams’ has practically been transferred and now it is reflected in ‘Surprise yourself’ that they are doing beautiful things,” he added.
‘La Miski’ comments that she has been part of the qualifying jury in schools and various institutions and it is a format that she likes, as she considers that it helps to reinforce cultural identity. “I think that more contest spaces should be given, for talent search at the national level and in all the media because everything starts from there”.
The Rodriguez Family
and his musical legacy
María Jesús Rodríguez carries Andean music in her veins as she comes from a family dedicated to its dissemination. From her earliest childhood, the Peruvian artist already sang and listened to the sound of the zampoñas, the charango and the flutes.
“My mother was a singer, my father a musician, they met singing and had 10 children, from which the Rodríguez family was born,” he mentioned. In addition, she specified that although they associate her more with Andean folklore, she also sings huayno, waltz, marinera and all the rhythms that are requested by her audience.
Rodríguez also maintains anecdotes that he plans to publish in his first book in the near future. “Imagine, in 1977, at the age of 4, we were already recording my first LP of ‘La familia Rodríguez’ on carbon discs. It is quite a wonderful story that, sometime, I will have to capture, ”he recounted.
Applaud the work of figures such as Milena Warthon and Gianfranco Bustios
‘La Miski’ wore a Cusco apartment costume in the interview, since she has roots in the Inca city and adds that it is the dress with which she is most identified. “Each region, each province, each district has its special embroidery and this one is from the Espinar area, from Tinta,” she detailed.
Like her, young artists like Milena Warthon, Renata Flores and Gianfranco Bustios also wear costumes from different regions to express their pride in dedicating themselves to Andean music. María Jesús Rodríguez is happy to learn that the new generation is committed to spreading our culture.
“There is another mentality. Before the son said ‘I want to sing Andean music’ and it was the worst. ‘No, you’re going to starve’; instead, the parents of Milena (Warthon), by Gianfranco Bustios himself; so many little ones who want to start with this dream and their parents are supporting them”, he commented happily.
What awaits us at the María Jesús Rodríguez concert?
Together with his brother, ‘Old Rodríguez’ and guest artists such as Eva Ayllón, Gianfranco Bustios and William Luna, ‘La Miski’ will be presented this August 31 at the CC Bianca. The concert is a way of valuing life when going through difficult times due to the pandemic.
“We have been through many things as a family, including the loss of one of my sisters, who left us in May of this year. We believe that the best way to thank God for life is with our talent that he has given us,” she asserted.
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