Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month, everyone! Did you know that this month-long celebration takes place in the U.S. every year from September 15-October 15 (kind of fun that it touches on two calendar months!)? Your children are likely having lessons in their classrooms all about Hispanic culture and how it is woven into the fabric of America, and is becoming more and more part of our collective cultural identity every year.
First up is the artist Mister G (he’s a former elementary school teacher, and I think his name stuck!). His album is called Chocolalalala. It has 11 different songs and they really are quite easy to sing along with in English and Spanish. I’ve been having fun with this opportunity to speak the language around Darah (I took several years of Spanish throughout high school, college and even grad school, but I’m admittedly quite rusty). Darah has even surprised me with her knowledge of a few Spanish words (credit goes largely to Dora!). We love having songs to sing in the car, and this is a cd that has made it into our vehicle, and is now requested during the morning commute to school! This cd became available on September 15th.
The other great new cd that’s out is Ozokidz from a very popular group called Ozomatli. This group has been spreading messages about justice and violence prevention since the 1990s, and now their important messages are ready for younger ears! The band is pretty awesome, I have to say. And they also gave a Ted talk/performance! Check it out!
Ozomatli has won Grammy Awards and have a sound that is uniquely theirs! I love the messages in the music and I think you will, too! This cd or the mp3s are available on September 25th.
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