¡BUENOS DÍAS! is a tour de force celebration of the vibrant music, language, and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The music transports kids on a magical ride from Spain in Sonidos del flamenco (Sounds of Flamenco) to Mexico Cascarones (the lively eggshell tradition) to the Andes (Manzanita de Perú and Arbolito de Perú), finally culminating in a trip across the entire Spanish-speaking world in Se Habla Español (We Speak Spanish). Irresistible salsa, merengue, flamenco, reggae, and Andean rhythms encourage kids to sing along as they learn traditional Latin American foods in El Tamal No Está Mal (The Tamale Isn’t Bad), animals in ¿Cómo Se Llama La Llama? (What’s the Llama’s Name?), and musical instruments in Hagamos Música (Let’s Make Music). And, in this challenging time for kids and parents, the sensational soprano voice of award-winning Cuban-American singer, Ileana Pérez, soothes the spirit with her exquisite renditions of the beloved Spanish lullaby Duérmete Mi Niño and Niña (Sleep My Little One), and the hauntingly beautiful original lullaby Cuando Llegue La Noche (When the Night Comes). Lyrics, translations, and a vocabulary guide are available for free download as an easy reference guide for parents and teachers. Get ready to say “Buenos días” to a world of Spanish-learning fun!
Translation guide and lyrics can be downloaded here.
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About the Artists
Jorge Anaya is an award-winning singer and songwriter, who has delighted audiences of all ages across the United States and Latin America. Jorge’s music CDs of original and traditional Spanish songs — released under the Whistlefritz label — have won over 50 awards from the most prestigious organizations in children’s music and media. In addition to appearing in Whistlefritz’s award-winning language-learning videos, Jorge has performed at the White House, U.S. Capitol, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Shakespeare Theatre, GALA Theatre, Teatro de La Luna, and in countless venues in the nation’s capital.
Award-winning soprano Ileana Pérez began her career in her native Cuba. Her exquisite voice has been heard around the world as the lead soprano for the National Choir of Cuba and in performances with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba. Ileana’s performances continue to delight audiences of all ages in the Washington, DC and Baltimore areas, where she currently resides.
Didier Prossaird‘s irresistible music is as unique as his background. The versatile bandleader, performer, and composer was born and raised in France, performed extensively in Saint Barth’s, and currently resides in Washington, D.C. where he is the bandleader of the acclaimed salsa band Sin Miedo. Didier performs regularly in the US, Caribbean, and Europe.
The Buenos Dias - Spanish Learning Songs CD is a wonderful way to introduce Spanish to young kids in a fun and entertaining way. The CD uses children's songs that aren't instantly recognizable to American audiences, and that's a good thing! The songs introduce Spanish words and convey the lyrical sounds of Spanish speaking to become more familiar. With various tempos, melodies, rhythms, and vocals, both parents and children alike will not tire of listening to these fun songs. Parents, you too will find yourself singing along as both you and your child learn a new language through the upbeat, memorable music. The melodies are great fun to listen and dance to, and most importantly, using music to learn Spanish is easy through this album! The phrases are repeated throughout each song, and the lyrics and translations are given to you in the album booklet. Even parents who took many years of Spanish in high school told us that they thought this CD taught them more in the time they had been listening to it than all those years conjugating verbs in school. This album not only teaches the Spanish language through music, but it also gives listeners a sense of excitement about the language. Several testers delightedly told us that they now use many phrases from the songs around their homes.
- The National Parenting Center, Holiday Report 2020
¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs is an eclectic and happy collection of children's music that lifts the spirits from the moment you play the first song. It is great, not only for multicultural families, but also for those that love to explore different cultures, discover traditions from other countries and learn a second language.
I love how diverse this compilation of children's songs is. You can enjoy different rhythms from different countries including Mexico, Perú and Colombia from South America and also flamenco from Spain. You can sing and dance along with the songs to the beats and sounds of salsa, merengue and Caribbean tunes from traditional children's songs from Spanish speaking countries.
Families can enjoy ¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs musically and as a learning experience as well. The CD comes with a booklet with lyrics in Spanish and their English translations, so parents and kids can learn while they sing. The lyrics contain a great amount of basic vocabulary about animals, nature, food, music and human relationships.
The selections of songs, recording, arrangements and production is of the highest quality. The voice of Cuban-American Soprano singer Ileana Perez is beautiful and her Spanish enunciation is very clear. The musical production is impeccable and it is also an enriching experience while learning music.
The 15 tracks in ¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs are all enjoyable. I recommend ¡Buenos Días! Spanish Learning Songs for kids ages 2 to 10, as well as the whole family. I give it 5 out of 5 stars for its exceptional music quality and the fascinating learning experience. It’s available now, so look for it.
- Zoe Cannella, Media Critic, KIDS FIRST!