Suni Paz

Canciones para el Recreo: Children's Songs for the Playground

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Sung entirely in Spanish, this is devoted to songs that Paz learned in Argentina and Chile. This really stands out in the children's music field, which usually employs simple, often bare-bones, musical arrangements. This set of material is considerably fuller in sound, as Paz's vocals, guitar, and charango are complemented by other musicians on guitar, cello, electric piano, and percussion. This makes the songs more interesting to hear, and doesn't slick them up so much that they sound dumb or unadvisedly commercial. You might even enjoy some of these songs on their own terms as respectable South American folk music, outside of a context in which they might be used to entertain or educate kids. The LP and another Paz album on Folkways, ALERTA Sings: Children's Songs in Spanish and English, have been combined onto one CD by Smithsonian Folkways. That reissue has liner notes which print the lyrics to Canciones para el Recreo: Children's Songs for the Playground in both Spanish and English.

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