I’m always hunting for that children’s music CD—I’d be willing to bet we all are. The one that’s entertaining, doesn’t grate on the nerves, the one we parents can play over and over at home or in the car and not just tolerate but actually enjoy.
Those albums are kind of rare, and I find that children’s music in Spanish is often especially screechy. So I was pleased when I received two CDs by José González and Banda Criolla to review. For one, the group was called Banda Criolla, which sounded good to me. I also had high hopes when I read that their songs have been featured in the Putumayo World Music “Latin Playground” and “Caribbean Playground” series.
The first album, The Best Kids Songs! includes the usual suspects—Bingo, Row Your Boat, Los Pollitos. The lyrics are all bilingual, and I loved the flute and guitar. It strikes me as a good choice to reinforce both languages for younger children. The second album, though, Caribbean Fiesta for Kids! completely won me and my increasingly hard to please six-year-olds over. We sang along to El Coquí (also on the first album), and we all loved the songs that were new to us. Chequi Morena had us dancing in the living room and we sang the Spanish Counting Blues with gusto. And the Pollito Chicken Rap had us shouting, “pollito, chicken!!!” for days on end. It was great fun, and now that we’ve enjoyed it at home, it’s earned a spot in the car.
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