Nellie, I'm going to bang on like an old lady here but search for "canciones infantiles" on Spotify (you can open an account for free, you'll just have to put up with ML adverts from time to time--like a radio station really). There are quite a few to choose from.
I also often play the "Hey Kids" songs (also available in videos on Youtube) since it's in Spanish and the latino accent is almost nonexistent (in our personal case it matters to us as we want to pass on Spain's Spanish).
Super Simple Songs (Youtube) also has its playlist on Spotify, and I recently noticed that on Youtube it added lots of Latino-Spanish versions of its English nursery rhymes. So I'd expect they're also available on Spotify (I didn't check).
Otherwise, my girls also enjoy grown-up Spanish music. Once, my little one enjoyed flamenco and "danced" with me to it, as she found the taconeos (stomping) and palmas (clapping) very entertaining. My eldest likes some songs from Niña Pastori (also flamenco), Joaquin Sabina (Spanish songwriter), and loves Sofia by Alvaro Soler. My 3-year-old Spanish nephew loves Despacito. Don't limit yourself to nursery rhymes and explore other types of music. On Spotify, there are also pre-defined Latin playlists to choose from (Argentinian music, Salsa, Spanish pop...). This could help you in varying Spanish-speaking music.
Thanks Amy! I’ll check out Spotify when we get back to Paris.
We are renting a car right now for our long weekend away, and it is the new type without a CD player, so I am a bit lost. 😂 So I'm looking for something I can download quickly for our several hours on the road tomorrow, that doesn’t require an internet connection (once downloaded, of course!). Ideally I’d like something a bit like Raffi (in English). Unfortunately most of what I've found when googling is very synthesized, which gets tiresome quite quickly for us adults.
We listened to a lot of Carlos Gardel today, which was wonderful, but to be honest I don’t think ANY of us are really hearing the language - just the amazing atmosphere of the music!
I will definitely look up the other songs/groups you mention too! Funny re Despacito - it was a Chilean group from memory, so I wonder whether my daughter will remember it as she certainly heard it a lot in taxis etc when we were living there!
I think I really need to become more technologically aware, haha. I will definitely check out Spotify properly when we get back home tonight.
Tell me about it! I've never been so modern than over the last 2 years! Spotify, Netflix, Chromecast, online purchasing, audiobooks, e-library... But on this bilingual journey, these are of great help!
And I’m fine with some old-fashioned songs. It’s funny because as I have no real Spanish/Latino « culture », other than adults’ literature, I have to discover everything so it’s all quite new!
It's a good thing, though. And you're quite lucky, you see, because on the internet there's a lot of Latino-Spanish material around. When you want Spain's Spanish only, it feels like there isn't as much.
If you need any other suggestions, feel free to ask. If I don't know, I'll just ask my husband.
We have recently discovered a Spanish group that plays songs for kids that in our case both parents and kids enjoy, Petit Pop.
For classical children songs, I like the collection "Ruidos y ruiditos" by Judith Akoschky from Argentina.
I also think Amy has a very good point in not limiting us to children's music but exploring the grown-up music with our kids to. For example there is a CD by Spanish singers Ana Belen and Victor Manuel where they did a concert with lot of other Spanish singers called "Mucho mas que dos" that I often play on our car rides.
For example there is a CD by Spanish singers Ana Belen and Victor Manuel where they did a concert with lot of other Spanish singers called "Mucho mas que dos" that I often play on our car rides.
A woman after my own heart! I love this CD myself. I doubt my children would, but I do. It's quite old, though. I remember my parents playing it when I was a child, and I actually have it on tape.
Another very old song that I wish I could play for my children is "El baile de los pajaritos". I think Cantajuegos has it too, but the -very old- original version was sung by "María Jesús y su acordeón". As I said, we don't listen to Spanish music at home, so these are songs I liked to listen to as a child.
Nellie, you could also look for Spanish traditional music for children (equivalent to "Twinkle, twinkle little star" or "The wheels on the bus" in English). I'm thinking of songs like:
El corro de la patata El señor don gato Tengo una vaca lechera Hola Don Pepito Al pasar la barca El cocherito leré A la zapatilla por detrás Debajo un botón Qué llueva, qué llueva Vamos a contar mentiras (I used to love this one as a child!) Soy la reina de los mares Etc...
If you look for "Canciones populares infantiles" you should be able to find some.
I love, love the CD I bought on Amazon - Coloreando by Marta Gomez and friends. It's perfect. The interpretation of the children's songs, instrumental music, and singing is so well done. I even listen to it when the kids are not around. It is not childish. It has more of a world-music, latino-feel.
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