Stand with Venezuelans…and dance!

Let’s end our week of kids’ music class that focuses on Venezuela by with this video of Venezuelan salsa star Oscar De Leon. His nation is facing the most difficult of difficult times. As we dance along with Oscar De Leon let’s also stand with the Venezuelans.

We have one, we have two, we have . . . many?

In music class this week we visit Venezuela, where we head waaaaaay out into the Amazon rainforest to learn how to count like the Yanomami, indigenous people who live along the border between Venezuela and Brazil. The Yanomami have the number one (moni) and two (polakae) but beyond that, everything is “many.” When your numbers stop before 3, how would you imagine you count to ten?

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Battle of the Venezuelan harps

Battle of the harps! The Arpa Llanera is essential to llanero music of Venezuela, the songs of ranchers from the Venezuela plains. In music class we don’t quite play the arpa llanera, but we do enjoy a good harp-off. So, friends, which genius harpist rocks the strings harder? The guy in the linked video, or this shirtless dude?

Hurricane. Of. Fire.

HURRICANE OF FIRE! We start our music class week of meeting Venezuelan music and culture with the video of Afro-Venezuelan master percussion ensemble, Huracán del fuego, blazing through “BomBa.” Can you think of a better name of any band, ever?

Hank Spalburg and The Kaseko All Stars make Siruname proud

Our last burst of music from Suriname as our online class for little kids leaves The Guianas after a wondrous week. Kaseko is a genre that mixes Caribbean calypso and New Orleans Dixieland jazz. Here’s a blast from the past — Hank Spalburg and the Kaseko Stars. Where do you think we should go next week to find more amazing music in South America?