Music is a great way to discover and learn about world cultures. Just released is a new cd and E-book designed to not only share the music from the Andes, but to provide an interactive way for kids to learn about the culture that created it. Officially released on April 2nd, the cd is titled: Cancioncitas De Los Andes/Little Songs of the Andes and the E-Book is called: A Child’s Life In the Andes. Both have been created by multicultural children’s artist, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) who has won a variety of awards for her unique approach to sharing world music in various formats with young audiences.
What does music from the Andes sound like? Most people recognize the sound of zampoñas (panpipes) and traditional Andean flutes called quenas. The cd also features authentic instruments such as the bombo drum, rainsticks, chapcha rattles (made from the toenails of goats) and a delicate little instrument originally made from the shell of an armadillo called a charango. Included on the Cancioncitas cd is also the most widely recognized song from the Andes: “El Condor Pasa”.
Aside from exploring the music and musical instruments of the Andes, A Child’s Life In the Andes also covers the geography of the area, daily life, animals, foods and languages spoken in this region. Most children are surprised to learn that guinea pigs are often kept for food in some areas and that the condor – the inspiration for “El Condor Pasa” – can have a wingspan of up to 10 feet! Aside from rich photographs, detailed content, fun facts and coloring pages the book also shares activities perfect for classroom or homeschool play and learning. There are directions for Make-Your-Own panpipes and rainsticks as a well as one other “Corrido De Cuy” activity.
Although most people might expect the songs to be in Spanish, the majority of tracks on the cd are in the native language of Quechua that dates back to the Incan empire. Says DARIA:” I was honored to spend several of my teenage years in rural Peru and fell in love with the Quechua language and culture”. Although Spanish is widely spoken as the dominant language throughout the Andes, great efforts have been made recently preserve and protect this valuable and beautiful indigenous language and resources like this are key to raising awareness. Appearing with DARIA on this cd are three other musicians from South America who actively work to preserve, promote and perform Andean music.
Available as a cd from Itunes and Amazon mp3, the book and cd package can be purchased from the Teachers Pay Teachers site as well as from DARIA’s Little Village store. In addition to the complete book that is available for purchase, many of the activities and coloring pages are available as free resources on DARIA’s Parent’s Choice Award-winning website as listed below.
Cancioncitas De Los Andes / Little Songs Of The Andes – On Itunes
Cancioncitas De Los Andes / Little Songs Of The Andes on Amazon mp3
A CHILD’S LIFE IN THE ANDES (E-book and CD) from Daria’s Little Village Store:
DARIA’s World Music For Children’s Craft and Activity Page: