To the left of the hummingbird - A la izquierda del colibrí

To the Left of the Hummingbird
Album of Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepeda
Publication 1985
Recording Cristal Studio, Polygram
July-August 1985
Genders) Pre-Hispanic Music
Progressive Rock Ethno-Rock New Age

Record label Discos Polygram
Producer (s) Jorge Reyes Valencia
Antonio Zepeda
Professional qualifications
Chronology of Jorge Reyes and Antonio Zepeda
To the left of the hummingbird Comala
(Jorge Reyes)

On the left of Colibrí , an album after recently split from the band Chac Mool , Jorge Reyes presented his first musical production alongside the prominent musician Antonio Zepeda , the influence of progressive rock is evident in some songs, despite the support received from Antonio, who is an expert in instruments and pre-Hispanic music comes to complement the work of Reyes in a very interesting way.

Topics included

# Title Duration
1. "Ce Acatl" (1 Caña) 7:10
2. " To the Left of the Hummingbird (intro) " 2:52
3. " To the Left of the Hummingbird (song) " 6:10
4. " The Rainmaker " 4:59
5. "Wawaki" 6:39
6. " Away you take the mirror from your face " 2:38
7. "Managua" 5:24
  • The theme song Ce Acatl refers to the year of the birth and death of the deity Quetzalcoatl in the calendar Mexica . In this theme the instruments are combined: Rhytm Composer, Yamaha DX9, Korg and Roland Keyboards, Traverse Flute , with pre-Hispanic instruments such as: Raspadores, Whistles, Ocarinas achieving a novel musical atmosphere. Both musicians do choirs
  • To the left of the Hummingbird (intro) . Completely instrumental the theme was structured based on Ocarinas, Whistles, slightly assisted in the background by Keyboards.
  • To the left of the Hummingbird (song) . The theme that gives the album its name is itself novel, a kind of electronic rock fusion with pre-Hispanic music, endowed with a text created by Jorge and whose narration was carried out by the prominent actor Alejandro Camacho, it was complemented by the singing of some verses ( in Nahuatl) of King Nezahualcoyotl . The name itself may be an allusion to the Mexica religious system, equating it to the Catholic religion, Huitzilopochtli (Southern Hummingbird or Left-Handed Hummingbird).

Verses included in the song:

Xopan Cala Itec :
Inside the house of spring
Tzontecochotzin :
I am Papagayo of the great
Zantic Mayahua Head
You only give us
In Puyuma Xochitl
Flowers that intoxicate

Amoxtlacuilol in Moyollo
Book of paintings is your heart

In Tic Tzotzona in Mohuehue
You make your Nezahualcoyotl drums resonate
  • The Rainmaker . Recreating a rhythmic atmosphere similar to Mexican dances, pre-Hispanic instrumentation based on the Tarahumara drum, tortoise shell, scraping bells, snails, and ocarinas in addition to the rain stick predominate. At the beginning you hear the voice of a person who apparently speaks Otomí
  • Wawaki . A well-achieved theme based on recreating an atmosphere of nature, the fundamental richness of the piece lies in the interpretation of the Transverse Flute as well as being endowed with a pleasant rhythm.
  • Away you take the mirror from your face . Possessor of nuances of evocation or nostalgia. The instrumentation incorporated the use of flutes from Afghanistan, perhaps seeking the sound of the shawms, apparently it is a funeral or farewell theme.
  • Managua . A song named after the Nicaraguan capital, based on Jorge and Antonio's experimental combination, it emerges with a somewhat mysterious sound, highly influenced by progressive rock.


  • Far from being favored by projection in the popular record market, Jorge and Antonio's work could only initially be found in bookstores and discotheques specializing in New Age music. The album at the time was presented and praised on Radio Educación .

+ The verse fragment that contains this note is the letter written by Jorge Reyes, not by Rey Poeta Netzahualcoyotl. The theme is different in both. The Song of the Poet King alludes to the beginning of Spring and its celebration. In Jorge Reyes, the text written by him refers to the conquest and destruction of Mexico Tenochtitlan.

You can read the text of the Poet King in this link == >>

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