Chicago is home to many fine and famous children's music
recording artists and performers. From the "first lady of
children's music," Ella Jenkins, to the clever and creative Joel
Frankel, Chicago's children's music has something to offer all
children. Here is another CD you might want to add to your family
music collection: Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Songs & Stories for
Niños & Niñas and their Papás & Mamás by Sones de México
de Mexico Ensemble offers a musical tour of Mexico.
This project is unique in the fact that one CD is in English,
one in Spanish. Sones de México takes listeners on a musical tour
of Mexico that incorporates a wide range of acoustic folk music and
folklore. This is truly a showcase of traditional and classic
Mexican folk songs.Sones de Mexico Ensemble has been performing its
educational programs in Chicago schools since 1994 and though its
focus is Mexican culture, the themes are universal and
education-based. "Kids learn about tempo in music, about loving
animals and about the importance of balance in the world and in
one's self," producer Juan Dies states.
One of my favorite songs is the Tex-Mex flavored "El Ratón
Vaquero," a funny story of a restless cowboy mouse that features
guest performer and master button accordion player, Sunny Sauceda.
Other great guest artists include Ella Jenkins, who showcases her
Spanish with "Quiéreme Mucho," and Dan Zanes who appears on the
Afro-Mexican song-and-dance medley "Tixtia."
As Mexico celebrates its 200th birthday, Sones de México is
doing its part to fill a gap in educational programming.
Fred Koch writes about music every month for Chicago Parent.
See more of Fred's stories here.
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