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Featured Artists and Songs

Join us for NAEYC's Closing Session at the 2014 Annual Conference on November 8th! José-Luis Orozco and Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will perform live! Learn more about this exciting Fiesta de Música and listen to their songs below! Be sure to come back each month to hear a new selection of children's music—and don't miss the growing archive of children's songs.

Esta Es Mi Tierra

José-Luis Orozco

 
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Tell us about your music:  In the 1970's I noticed the need for rich, oral language activities in the students’ heritage language, hence, I began writing songs and recapturing games grounded in rich oral traditions. I've been on this journey for over forty years and continue to write and compose bilingual songs, games, rhymes and poems for young children.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  Esta Es Mi Tierra is my original version of "This Land is Your Land". My repertoire supports dual language acquisition that re-enforces multiculturalism, math, ecology, nutrition, anatomy, science, agriculture, geography, geology, zoology. My proudest achievement has been the incorporation of my books and music as supplemental curriculum in over a thousand school districts throughout the country.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song: There is no better way to inspire young children towards becoming effective global citizens than to integrate multicultural themes to songs and literature introducing them to two or more languages.

 
 
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De Colores (Featuring David Lee Garza)

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

 
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Tell us about your music:  Our Latin Grammy winning album ¡Fantastico! and our latest Spanish language album, Aqui, Alla, reflects Lucky's family’s story of the American dream.  Aqui, Alla is a journey in discovering, transforming and celebrating being Latino, Mexican, and ultimately an American. 

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  "De Colores" is our modern take on a beautiful, traditional Latin American folk song that we've known and loved for years. Music is a wonderful way to celebrate the wonder of colors with young children. Grammy Award-winning accordionist David Lee Garza really shines on this track.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  We hope they feel joy when they hear the songs and that joy manifests into a dance party!

 
 
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Gato Astronauto

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

 
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Tell us about your music: We pull from all types of genres to create a unique sound that is full of joy and light. Our music is fun, pop, rock, and rockabilly goodness with a dash of whimsy. Our songs inspire movement and creativity and is influenced by Mexican music and American Rock and Roll as well.

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  "Gato Astronauto" is an homage to one of our favorite bands, the B52's. We love the idea of a space traveling cat looking for dairy across the universe! Here are some of the lyrics (en espanol):

El gato astronauta, va por la via lactea

Quiere convertirla en helados y poderselos traer

Y con todos sus amigos comer

Los puede contar 123

En Su nave espacial el los puede traer y contar 123

dos y dos son cuatro

cuatro y dos son seis

seis y dos son ocho

y ocho dies y seis

© Rainy Day Dimes Music

El Joky-Poky

José-Luis Orozco

 
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Tell us about your music:  Today I as I adjust my music, books and presentations for parents and teachers to be more aligned with the National State Standards, I’m still doing what I love, creating rich bilingual language experiences for young children.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  El Joky-Poky is my original Spanish language version of the long time favorite the Hokey-Pokey. I frequently translate and adapt traditional songs in Spanish to English or vice a versa to make them accessible to all children. Sometimes I focus on a particular concept or skill, so I adapt the song to develop that concept.

What I hope children, teachers, and families get from this song:  Teachers need to keep in mind that young children are prime for the learning of multiple languages. The earlier they are exposed to the vocabulary, rhythm, and cadence of another the language, the better. Finger plays are especially effective because teachers use kinesthetic movements to help children learn new words.

© Arcoiris Records
Lil’ Red Rooster

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band

 
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About your music: Modern pop twists with retro styling —catchy, danceable, and fun. Jam-packed with meaningful, empowering lyrics.  

About this song: Little Red Rooster is a jump-jiving take on swing music. It was recorded with a full live horn section. What a blast! This rooster is cooking. This song is meant to wake you up and get you moving!  

What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: Little Red Rooster has built-in dance moves that inspire listeners to engage in their own physicality. The simple lyrics give step-by-step instructions on how to do the dance (and are open for fun interpretation too). Hopefully, teachers can play this for children to inject movement, fun, and dance into the day! We hope families enjoy this silly, swinging song together (and maybe even talk about jazz!)

www.luckydiazmusic.com

Canadian Friendship

Ella Jenkins

 
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Tell us about your music: The songs on More Multicultural Songs from Ella Jenkins reflect my 60-plus years of playing music with and for children across the globe. I draw from my travels and experiences with people from many cultures, and I like to share this with others.  

Tell us about your song (e.g., any unique instruments used, the origins of the lyrics, what inspired you, etc.):  In order to respond, the children have to listen very carefully so they can imitate the new words and sounds in "Canadian Friendship," though these responses are in English and French. I wrote that song after a trip to Canada.’

For more information, check out our interview with Ella Jenkins!

 
 
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Photo credit: Lynn Orman Weiss