Little kids songs en español- who is the Spanish Raffi?
October 10, 2018 6:04 PM   Subscribe

I'm in search of some great kids songs/albums for my kid's car ride to preschool (bilingual, English/Spanish). Raffi has been a big hit and has a couple songs in other languages, but I'm looking for someone singing fully in Spanish. Who's the Spanish-world Raffi? Searching found me this great thread but that's for French. Any suggestions for kids songs/albums en español?
posted by mnop to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Smithsonian Folkways did a folklife collection of Puerto Rican & Mexican children’s game songs in I wanna say the 70s based on the tone of the car horns in the background. It’s a great collection and the songs are enduring favorites. I think some of them are for like handclap games or jumping rope. My in-laws all recognized them from when they were little girls in PR.

https://folkways.si.edu/latin-american-children-game-songs/music/album/smithsonian
posted by toodleydoodley at 8:44 PM on October 10 [1 favorite]


123 Andrés seems like he would be a great candidate for the Spanish language Raffi.
posted by meadowlands at 9:03 PM on October 10 [1 favorite]


José-Luis Orozco

Los Lobos with Lalo Guerrero
‘Papa’s dream’
posted by calgirl at 9:08 PM on October 10 [2 favorites]


Maria Elena Walsh was like an Argentinean mashup of Raffi and Pete Seeger. We like Canciones Para Chicos.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis at 10:17 PM on October 10 [2 favorites]


When my kids were little, we really liked Tish Hinojosa. On the CD we had, she sang the entire lyrics of each song in both Spanish and English, in a very natural way.
posted by Orlop at 12:31 AM on October 11 [1 favorite]


The CD we had from Hinojosa was Cada Nina, and I recommend it.
posted by Orlop at 12:33 AM on October 11


In Ladino, derived from Old Spanish, is the Chanukah song Ocho Candelikas. Very singable, maybe a real ear worm.
posted by Botanizer at 7:21 AM on October 11 [1 favorite]


Thank you all for the recommendations! You've made our next couple weeks of car rides much more enjoyable.

I've been introduced to some great new artists. Here's a playlist in case anyone's interested in hearing the mefi suggestions: Kids songs en español
posted by mnop at 4:21 PM on October 11 [2 favorites]


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