Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sep 15 – Oct 15, 2014 and to celebrate, here is a new video for “La Clave,” by Andrés Salguero from his recent release, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!.
“La Clave” refers to the musical instrument that keeps the rhythm in salsa music. It also refers to the beat itself which Salguero demonstrates as he sings “Pa Pa, Pa Pa Pa.” “La Clave” encourages participation as viewers are encouraged to sing along with the lyrical text while also visually experiencing what the heartbeat of salsa looks, feels and sounds like. You don’t have to know Spanish or salsa to participate. The key is to find your own rhythm and move along. I guarantee you will.
BONUS!! – Andrés put together a web tutorial demonstrating how to play La Clave, the musical instrument used to create the rhythm in Salsa and Afro Cuban music. This is an excellent opportunity to and make music with your family while introducing them to the sounds of World music. Bring along some rhythm sticks or use simply use your hands and follow along!
Andrés Salguero has released his first video from his upcoming album, ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! “If I Had a Mariachi” was filmed at La Plaza Garibaldi (Mexico City’s traditional home of mariachi) and other Mexico City locations which gives it a nice authentic feel. Anyone who has been serenaded by a Mariachi band should know how much energy goes into one performance, whether it’s tableside at an amazing restaurant or out in a plaza. The video for “If I Had a Mariachi” definitely exemplifies the spirit of Salguero’s music while introducing kids to an important piece of Mexican culture.
In truth, I was sold simply based on the title of the song. Now, after watching the video, I want a mariachi! I love the introduction of the instruments, included with the spanish spelling of the words across the screen, and the kids’ faces as they are wowed by the beautiful display of mariachi instruments.
¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! will be released in April to honor El Día de los Niños so tay “tuned,” i.e. polish up your trompeta and tune your guitarras boys and girls./p>