¡Alegría!

Ages: 1 and upProducer: Golondrina

$12.00

In her liner notes, Sonia De Los Santos writes that this upbeat bilingual album started with her thought that the word “alegría,” meaning joy, is used in Latin America as a spirit-lifting reminder “that there is something to be happy about.” De Los Santos’ inspirations for each sunny track, written with co-producer Martín Vejarano, range from a 19th century poem by African American poet Frances Ellen Watkins (“Songs for the People,” with Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza), the unexpected sight of a yellow hummingbird (“Colibrí Amarillo”), and a life-changing trip to Peru (“Amapolita”) to her “folk heroes”—artists Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, who join De Los Santos on “Donde Tú Estés/Wherever You Go,” a bilingual version of their song.

Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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