Take It From Me: ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! CD {Review}

April 7, 2014

¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! CD {Review}

My father and some of my siblings speak fluent Spanish.  They have had the opportunity to live in foreign countries and learn the Spanish language.  I think being able to speak more than one language is a wonderful thing.  I speak a little Spanish and can actually understand a lot more than I can speak of it.  Part of that may be because of the influence of my dad and siblings.  I remember as a child listening to my dad speak Spanish to people as well as singing and dancing to his Spanish music around the house.  Those little influences helped develop my language skills.  We have seen how music, toys, and entertainment (shows, movies, etc.) can help children learn different languages, which is why these multicultural products are becoming so popular.

Recently I had the chance to review ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!--a children's CD from the award-winning Colombian musician Andrés Salguero.  Not only was I impressed by the musical talent in the album, but it is also a great learning tool for kids learning some Spanish.
Full of an abundance of Latin culture, the album freatures the sounds of salsa, bachata, plena, mariachi, vallenato, bolero, champeta, and more and has both Spanish and English vocals to bring the music to life!  The rich rhythms and instruments are very entertaining and fun for the whole family to enjoy!
Growing up in a family of music lovers in Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés Salguero was exposed to music from Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba, and other Latin countries throughout childhood.  Andrés Salguero reflects, "As a musician who has played many types of Latin music, I didn't want to make songs that may perhaps sound a little Latino but are, in reality, only a pastiche of 'Latin' sounds. I wanted to make songs that, on their own, are each great exemplars of the genre. I want grown-ups who are familiar with this music to say, 'This is the real stuff.'" Now residing in the Washington, DC area, Andrés Salguero called upon his immigrant experience in the making of ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!, creating songs of friendship and happiness that celebrate cross-cultural sharing.
 The music of Andrés vibrates with the pure beauty of languages and encourages kids not to be shy or afraid of cultural differences, as exemplified by the opening line of the album's first song, "Hola Amigo": "It doesn't matter where you are from, if you speak English or Español. It doesn't matter, there's nothing wrong. We can all get along." The next track on ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!, a favorite audience participation "jumping song" at Andrés Salguero's live shows titled "¡Salta, Salta!," pays tribute to the Washington metro area with the trademark bell-and-conga sounds of DC's own rhythm, go-go. A lovely bachata, "Los Colores," follows. Bachata, a rhythm originally from the Dominican Republic that has found a second home in the U.S., has long been used in songs of love. "Nuestra Fiesta," with its enticing cornucopia of instrumental color and layers of fascinating rhythmic figures, is a plena, a genre played in Puerto Rico during festivals. "La Clave" features the artistry of Hector "Coco" Barez and encourages kids to join in with his exploration of both the musical instrument and the rhythmic pattern that functions as the heartbeat of salsa. "If I had a Mariachi" is a showcase of fantastic instrumental virtuosity and presents young listeners with a chance to identify the instrumental sounds of the traditional Mexican mariachi band.
For more information about Andrés Salguero check out his website at http://123andres.com
Catch Andrés Salguero on his Spring/Summer 2014 Tour:
April 22 - 25 Boston Library Tour, celebrating Día de los Niños
May 3 CD Release Show! Old Town Theater, Alexandria, VA
July 12 Family Day at La Casa Azul Bookstore, NYC (in partnership with the Latin Alternative Music Conference)

¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! will be available online at www.123andres.com, cdbaby.com, and iTunes.
A big THANK YOU to Andres for providing me with a free CD to review.  I was not compensated for this review. I receive product(s) for free so that I can provide my insight and experience. These are my honest opinions. Your experience may vary.

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