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The popular Mexican folksong, La Cucaracha, is also a simple and fun folk dance. Here a group of adults and kids are performing the basic steps at the National Accordion Convention held in Dallas, Texas in March of 2010.
Here’s an animated, bilingual version of La Cucaracha created by DARIA. She’s left out some of the colorful original lyrics and added two verses in English. In one verse, the little cockroach becomes an expert at playing the guiro and maracas – two popular Latin American percussion instruments.
Want to hear a guiro, color one online or make and play your own version? Check out this link for lots of guiro-related fun: http://www.dariamusic.com/guiro.php
This is a new version of the campfire classic, with a few new verses but it. Artwork is by Farah Aria (www.faraharia.com), who draws the most wonderful people. I love how she has included several types of drums here, including the woman on the right, playing a talking drum under her arm!
Every country has inspiring leaders who encourage people to create the best and brightest future for all its citizens. In the USA – MLK was one of these special leaders. This video shares some favorite quotes from his speeches that continue to inspire today – even decades after his monumental life.
Captured outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago, this drummer Dad has sure taught his son some amazing rhythms. There are several videos of this father/son pair and each shows some really amazing drumming skills.
Here the Red Bull Group plays an honor song at the 2009 Rocky Boy pow-wow, near the town of Box Elder in Montana, USA. You can get a really good look at their beautiful traditional drum and their special drum beaters played by each of the men around the drum. Women Singers are behind them also performing the song. Would you like to color a pow-wow drum or make your own beaters? Check out: http://www.dariamusic.com/drum.php.
This video comes from one of Daria’s songs with the same name. It was inspired by a Native American Grandmother who talked about how all the colors of humanity (all the colors of hands) must work together to heal the plant. She spoke about how each race and type of people were like special puzzle pieces and each one was needed to complete the picture of a renewed and restored planet. Inspiring!
This song was created as a part of contest for NASA in the USA and has become a favorite of many families around the world. Not only about space and space exploration, the spoken words in the middle of the song talk about how what happens about our planet can help to promote peace and unity down here on Earth.
The lyrics offering thanks to the NASA Space Program say: “ Your work fosters a true culture of learning – about ourselves, our planet and our universe. Your missions have united nations, extended a hand of friendship, and even altered world-views. Your spirit of cooperation and the common good of all mankind is now on a pedestal for all to see.
Thanks to the Plunkett Family for creating and sharing this awesome video!
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