LATIN CHRISTMAS - Various Artists

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Mariachi Medley (We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Jingle Bells, Holy Night) - Mariachi La Estrella
00:00 / 02:47
Esta Parranda Cancelo - Juan Cosme
00:00 / 03:17
What Child is This - Acoustik Element
00:00 / 06:08
Cascabel - Priscilla Grinner
00:00 / 03:07
Cantemos - Los Peregrinos
00:00 / 01:59
Christmas Para Carlos - Los Peregrinos
00:00 / 02:02
Little Drummer Boy - Acoustik Element
00:00 / 06:22
Amanecer Navideno - Los Peregrinos
00:00 / 02:46
Las Posadas - Los Coritos
00:00 / 03:21
The First Noel - Acoustik Element
00:00 / 06:44
Noche De Paz - Priscilla Grinner
00:00 / 03:37
Suena La Sirena - Juan Cosme
00:00 / 02:02
Navidad En El Cuzco - Sahama
00:00 / 02:10
Serenata - Los Peregrinos
00:00 / 02:13
Joy To The World Mariachi - Mariachi La Estrella
00:00 / 01:58

It's Not Too Early To Get Ready For Christmas


In many neighborhoods in Latin America, it’s not too early for strolling players, musicians, and singers to start rehearsing the latest Villancicos, Aguinaldos, Parrandas, and Gaitas for the upcoming Christmas season.


Villancicos, a popular medieval song-form that originated in Spain, is heard during Christmas time in Spain and throughout Mexico, Central and Latin America. Played on guitars, mandolins, and sung, these traditional Spanish Christmas carols are performed in city plazas, homes, and churches from mid-November to early January.


The Caribbean region enjoys Aguinaldos as its special Christmas music, derived directly from the Spanish Villancico but with added Afro-Caribbean rhythms and instrumentation. Aguinaldos are played with tambourines, maracas, guiros, Spanish guitar, and Cuatro guitar, with lyrics about religious themes, like the birth of baby Jesus and the Three Kings Day.

Also from the Caribbean, Parrandas are more festive and faster in tempo but feature the same basic instrumentation as the Aguinaldos, with some groups adding trumpets, trombones, electric bass, electric piano, and modern drums for large event or concert performances.


Finally, the Afro-Venezuelan rhythms of Gaita, originally from the Zulia region, combine the Venezuelan Cuatro guitar, metalic guiro, the unique sounding Furro, the powerful Tambora drums, the cowbell, electric bass, piano, and vocals. Gaita lyrics also tell religious stories, but since the seventies have broadened to include more secular, social, political, and cultural themes.


So warm up your tamales and buñuelos, pour a glass of ponche, and get an early start on enjoying this wonderful LMS selection of covers and original Latin Christmas songs.


¡Feliz Navidad!

 

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