Song "El Taxi" gets a Peruvian makeover
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Song "El Taxi" gets a Peruvian makeover

You might not be familiar with Cuban rapper Osmani García’s song “El Taxi”.

Rapper García was initially accused of plagiarism, for use of a backing sample similar to that in the 1992 song “Murder she wrote” from Jamaican group Chaka Demus & Pliers.

But that could soon be about to change! As Peruvian singer Edith Mayta has released her version of “El Taxi”, in a nod to traditional Andean music. The video has become a bizarre viral hit across Latin America overnight.

Edith Mayta in her video for "El Taxi". Photo: Youtube

Edith Mayta in her video for “El Taxi”. Photo: Youtube

The Lima-based singer released her latest album “Edith Mayta y los Demsa del Perú” in June.

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“I met that cute boy, he drives a taxi.”

“I stopped the taxi.” Mayta sings.

This isn’t the first taxi-based parody to come out of Peru, Youtube channel NoVa Producciones released their version of the original, this time with a “mototaxi”, starring singer Mamani García.

Photo: Youtube

Photo: Youtube

“I headed out south in my mototaxi.” Mamani sings, while dancing with two skimpily clad girls.

With all three songs more than likely to stick around in your subconscious, which is your favorite version?