Are you ready for some loco learning? Then cross the border with Mister Felipe!
Kids love the catchy melodies, Latin rhythms, and lyrics that playfully mix Spanish and English, and they end up learning Spanish words easily. It's fun for parents too, featuring a range of Latin styles, creative arrangements, and great musicianship.
One parent says, "Help! Make a second album! [My son] is listening to your CD 10x+/day! We love it too...The coolest thing is that he's beginning to say things like 'Hey, Leche is milk in spanish', so he's really learning some espanol!"
Sounds kind of like David Byrne and Los Lobos racing in a schoolbus headed south!
Songs are available to download at CDbaby, as well as on Amazon, iTunes, and others. Physical CDs can also be ordered via CDbaby.
Mister Felipe is Philip Handmaker, a Spanish and Music teacher with a background in linguistics and a passion for music. Living in Taos, a town in northern New Mexico, he hears lots of delightful Spanglish around and decided to write songs that combine Spanish and English. It was only natural that these songs take on Latin styles ranging from reggaeton to ranchera, mambo to merengue. Felipe had a blast layering the percussion instruments and adding contributions by talented local musicians, including his dog.
Mister Felipe has performed at prestigious venues including the Fiesta de la Hispanidad in Las Vegas, New Mexico and the Taos Plaza Live! outdoor concert series. He has shared the stage with Grammy-nominated children's music icons Trout Fishing in America, and his songs have been featured on the popular " Children's Hour" radio show and podcast on KUNM radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Other musical projects include Zoolojams, songs that teach kids about animals, and Professor Phlip, science-themed educational hiphop. Handmaker also plays in the world music band Sol Connection, which performs throughout the Southwest.
These recordings were hugely enriched by the talents of many musicians, including David Costanza (trumpet), Brooke Zanetell (vocals), John Huxsol (drums), Ben Wright (tuba), Don Simón Orona (accordion), Justin Dean (violin), and Omar Rane (electric guitar). Many niños from the area contributed their voices, especially Canyon King and Teresa and Carolina McGarrity. ¡Muchas gracias!
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