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Latin Playground CD


A fun and educational musical journey through Latin America. Its a fun and wonderful way to celebrate and discover the richness and beauty of Latin American cultures and music.

1. Guantanamera – Omara Portuondo (Cuba)
  2. Anna (El Negro Zumbon) – Pink Martini (USA)
  3. Cielito – Colibri (Chile/ USA)
  4. El Reino del Reves – Botafogo (Argentina)
  5. La Arcana Picua – Los 50 de Joselito (Colombia)
  6. Viva Vargas Torres – Margarita Laso (Ecuador)
  7. Chispa Tren – Ska Cubano (Cuba/ Jamaica)
  8. Mardi Gras Mambo – Cubanismo (Cuba/ USA)
  9. Fusion Natural – Matato’a (Easter Island/ Chile)
  10. Hanal Weech – Lila Downs (Mexico)
  11. Bomba Le Le – Jose Gonzalez y Banda Criolla (USA)

Cultural notes

Latin American Music

Latin American folk and popular music comprises numerous musical styles and genres that have emerged over time in specific countries or regions. Music in Latin America is widely influenced by colourful and exotic carnivals and a range of dance styles. Carnivals may include fanfarras, featuring brass instruments associated with fanfare, and almost always a samba band.

The samba band features bass drums known as surdo, tenor drums known as repiniques, smaller drums known as tamborim and timbales and the distinctive sound of the agogô bells.

Well known Latin American percussion instruments include the conga and claves . Conga are large hand drums which the musician has to stand to play. Claves are short wooden sticks which have a surprisingly clear sound, even in a large ensemble and play many of the central rhythms used in Latin American music. Cow bells and timbales also feature alongside other instruments in the salsa band. Different types of guitar also feature extensively in Latin American ensembles.


Suggested activities

Music and Movement

  • Borrow a range of instruments used in Latin American music, such as the drum, claves, cowbell and agogo bells. Provide these instruments for the children to experiment with while they listen to the songs on this CD.
  • Old MacDonald Had a Band – This version is sung to the tune of the original, except instead of animals, he has instruments. Divide your class into groups with each one playing a different instrument (.i.e. tambourines, sticks, drums, triangles, etc.)
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It – Replace body movements with instruments. (i. e. play your drum, tap your sticks, shake your maraca, etc.)
  • Include a basket of movement props such as scarves, ribbons and feathers
  • Set up a listening station with CD’s from different cultures and encourage children to play along with the songs

Art & Craft: 

  • Create your own instruments or ‘Junk Orchestra’ using loose parts and recycled items.

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The research for this resource was made possible through a grant from the Central Coast Council.