Coloreando Dos: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish
Marta Gómez and Friends follow up their 2014 Latin Grammy winning Best Latin Children’s Album with the equally exciting Coloreando Dos, a Colombian Spanish-language CD, featuring traditional Latin American songs. “La Carbonerita” or “The Little Coal Woman” begins with voice and a clapping rhyme before going onto this traditional song of love. “Maria Moñitos” is a funny little story about a girl who likes to swim, a mischievous goat, and an invitation to eat bananas with rice, all set to a lilting accordion accompaniment. “Tengo Una Muñeca” (“I Have a Doll”) and “Al Pin al Pon/Marieno que Se Fue a la Mar’ (“Ping to the Pong/The Sailor Who Went to Sea”) both use traditional percussion and wonderful child singers. Gómez’s soars on “Mil Secretos” (“A Thousand Secrets”), a beautifully melodic song about the colorful imaginary world of children. Two more examples of how traditional songs celebrate ordinary things are “El Puente Está Quebrado” (“The Bridge is Broken”) and the ode to a favorite parakeet in “Don Ramón.” Expressive fretless bass and surrealist lyrics about the moon carry “A Rueda Rueda” (“To the Wheel Wheel”), while soaring fiddle and a hand-clapped rhythm frame the buoyant “Estaba la Rana Sentada” or “There Sat A Frog.” Parrots are once more given fame in song on the percussive “El Loro y la Lora” or “Male Parrot and Female Parrot,” and a mouse’s deeds are told in “Debajo de un Bo?ton” (“Under a Button”). Within the lullaby “Go to Sleep my Child” (Duermete mi n?ino”) it is paired with “Hush-a-bye” (“Arrorró”), while Maquerule” tells of a generous and foolish baker from Andagoya. “Vamos a Contar Mentiras” (“Let’s Go Tell Lies”) is a wistful song about making up fantastical things, followed by a lush guitar and harp rendered version of “Las Estrellas” (“The Stars”). The album closes with a joyous song where “Saint Anne” attempts to comfort a small boy who has lost his apple. While all the songs are sung in Spanish, the lushly illustrated 24-page book includes both Spanish lyrics and English translations, giving families a chance to sing along with the beautiful music of Marta Gómez.
Lahri Bond ©2019 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.