Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Songs & Stories

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Albums aimed at children, or at families, can be tricky propositions. All too often they're very twee, enough to make the average adult cringe and for children to ignore them. This disc, which aims to introduce Mexican culture and music, has an especially difficult task, since it works to be bilingual, too. With a lot to overcome, Fiesta Mexicana does a superb job, covering a lot of ground over the space of two CDs, from dances to the Mexican legend of how the earth was made. Included are two different versions of "La Bamba," which do more than just play the rock & roll classic, but also illustrate its history. By having one disc in English -- with some Spanish -- and...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Albums aimed at children, or at families, can be tricky propositions. All too often they're very twee, enough to make the average adult cringe and for children to ignore them. This disc, which aims to introduce Mexican culture and music, has an especially difficult task, since it works to be bilingual, too. With a lot to overcome, Fiesta Mexicana does a superb job, covering a lot of ground over the space of two CDs, from dances to the Mexican legend of how the earth was made. Included are two different versions of "La Bamba," which do more than just play the rock & roll classic, but also illustrate its history. By having one disc in English -- with some Spanish -- and the other all in Spanish, the linguistic bases are well covered. All the pieces are well-connected, and together they make an interesting and entertaining introduction to Mexico.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 822052041028
  • Catalog Number: 5637604634
  • Sales rank: 221,466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saludo Jarabeado (1:07)
  2. 2 Narrative: Welcome to Fiesta Mexicana! (0:22)
  3. 3 La Pasión (1:15)
  4. 4 Narrative: How Did It All Begin? (6:33)
  5. 5 Xipe (3:28)
  6. 6 Narrative: Aztec Instruments (3:13)
  7. 7 Torito Coiteco (3:35)
  8. 8 Narrative: Uy, Uy, Uy! (2:24)
  9. 9 La Acamaya (3:16)
  10. 10 Narrative: The Dance Lesson (2:41)
  11. 11 Los Enanos (2:45)
  12. 12 Narrative: the "Hyper" Cowboy Mouse From Texas (4:15)
  13. 13 El Ratón Vaquero (2:59)
  14. 14 Narrative: Doña Sabina Teaches Tiempo (3:33)
  15. 15 El Trenecito (2:37)
  16. 16 Narrative: Mimetic Dances from Tixtla (3:17)
  17. 17 Tixtla: Entrada, El Toro Rabón, El Zopilote, El Pato, El Gato, La Iguan (6:56)
  18. 18 La Bamba (1:34)
  19. 19 Narrative: Stop the Music! (0:27)
  20. 20 La Bamba (4:58)
  21. 21 Narrative: Ella Jenkins (1:18)
  22. 22 Quiéreme Mucho (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pool Keken (2:28)
  2. 2 Narrativa: ¡Bienvenidos a Fiesta Mexicana! (0:25)
  3. 3 La Pasión (Reprise) (1:15)
  4. 4 Narrativa: ¿Comó Empezó Todo? (6:35)
  5. 5 La Danza del Sol (2:34)
  6. 6 Narrativa: Instrumentos Aztecas (3:15)
  7. 7 Los Matlachines de Hidalgo (3:54)
  8. 8 Narrativa: ¡Uy, Uy, Uy! (2:40)
  9. 9 La Acamaya (Reprise) (3:16)
  10. 10 Narrativa: La Lección de Baile (2:42)
  11. 11 Los Enanos (Reprise) (2:45)
  12. 12 Narrativa: El Inquieto Ratón Vaquero De Texas (4:48)
  13. 13 El Ratón Vaquero (Reprise) (2:59)
  14. 14 Narrativa: Doña Sabina Y El Tiempo (3:37)
  15. 15 El Trenecito (Reprise) (2:37)
  16. 16 Narrativa: Danzas Miméticas de Tixtla (3:18)
  17. 17 Tixtla: Entrada, El Toro Rabón, El Zopilote, El Pato, El Gato, La Iguan (6:56)
  18. 18 La Bamba (Reprise) (1:34)
  19. 19 Narrativa: ¡Alto La Música! (0:34)
  20. 20 La Bamba (Reprise) (4:56)
  21. 21 Narrativa: Adiós Amigos (0:21)
  22. 22 Viñuete (2:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sones de México Ensemble Chicago Primary Artist
Ella Jenkins Vocals, Guest Appearance
Steve Eisen Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Dan Zanes Vocals, Guest Appearance
Sunny Sauceda Button Accordion, Guest Appearance
Juan Díes Vocals, Guitarron, Rainstick, Shaker, Guiro, Bajo Sexto, Upright Bass, Slide Whistle, Requinto, Guitar (Nylon String), Spoken Word, Train Whistle, Wind Whistle, Group Member
Victor Garcia Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Lorena Iñiguez Vihuela, Conch Shell, Group Member
Juan Rivera Mandolin, Violin, Vocals, Vihuela, Animal Sounds, Group Member
Víctor Pichardo Mandolin, Drums, Steel Guitar, Vocals, Vihuela, Conch Shell, Huapanguera, Guitar (Nylon String), Reed Flute, Chirimias, Group Member
Zacbé Pichardo Harp, Marimbas, Cajon, Guiro, Wood Block, Group Member
Javier Saume Bongos, Drums, Maracas, Marimbas, cowbell, Guiro, Group Member
Technical Credits
Gonzalo Roig Composer
Jim Massoth Engineer
Jonathan Mover Engineer
Ritchie Valens Arranger
Steve Yates Engineer
Dan Stout Mastering
Rob Friedman Engineer
Francisco Gabilondo Soler Composer
Juan Díes Composer, Producer
Sones de México Ensemble Chicago Producer
Víctor Pichardo Arranger, Composer, Music Direction
Alec Dempster Cover Art
Gervasio López Composer
Julio Rodríguez Agustín Composer
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