José-Luis Orozco’s Smithsonian Folkways Debut, ‘¡Come Bien! Eat Right!’


José-Luis Orozco’s Smithsonian Folkways Debut, ‘¡Come Bien! Eat Right!’

A timely collection of songs about healthy eating in both English and Spanish, from a trail-blazing educator-musician.

Perfect for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15)

My daughter, who is in kindergarten, recently came home singing, “Chocolate! Chocolate! Bate! Bate! Chocolate!”  Bate means ‘to stir’ in Spanish.  I love how she is learning Spanish in school this early.  I started learning a second language WAY too late in school (middle school) and it was difficult for me to retain.  Teaching languages in early childhood education is essential for language development, in my opinion, so I love having CDs that we can listen to at home to help with her learning.

Musician, composer, and educator José-Luis Orozco has an impeccable pedigree in bilingual music education. José began performing music for children over four decades ago, releasing fifteen children’s albums along the way. His sixteenth, and first through Smithsonian Folkways, ¡Come Bien! Eat Right!, is a delightful and engaging bilingual album that offers a fun-filled approach to healthy eating as well as eating other foods in MODERATION.  Right on!


Who is José-Luis Orozco?

Orozco moved from Mexico to the United States at age nineteen, eventually studied sociology at UC Berkeley, receiving a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. He then committed himself to a new project: playing music for children. He employed his education and experience in cross-cultural communication, to begin a colorful catalog of adolescent-centered learning materials. For these, he won multiple awards such as the 2011 Latino Spirit Award, a Notable Award from the American Library Association, as well as the 1990 Leadership Award from the California Association for Bilingual Education. He was featured performer at the National Association for Education of Young Children conference last fall.


On ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! Orozco has teamed up with a friend and Mexican-American music icon, the GRAMMY-winning Quetzal Flores. Flores, who produced the record, rose to prominence in the early 1990s as the guitar player and namesake of Quetzal, the East Los Angeles-based “Chicano rock” pioneers. In 2013, the group won the Best Latin Rock Album GRAMMY for Imaginaries, released through Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.  Through records such as ¡Come Bien! Eat Right!, José-Luis has continued the journey he began as an eight-year-old singer for the Mexico City Boy’s Choir: “I’ve been able to combine music and education, and that’s what I do all over the country.”

Orozco commented, “Every single year, I travel about 125,000 miles; it’s like going around the world five times every year, reaching hundreds of thousands of kids, and families, and teachers.”

Track Listing:

1. Damos gracias
2. Manos limpias
3. La comida en mi plato
4. Come bien
5. Sabrosos colores
6. Conga de las frutas
7. Verduras
8. Ensalada fresca
9. La gallina de Juanito
10. Vamos a la mar
11. Compadre, cómpreme un coco
12. El baile de las legumbres
13. Leche
14. Chocolate
15. Avena
16. Pan integral
17. Tortilla
18. Botana
19. Agua
20. Thanksgiving
21. Clean Hands
22. The Food on My Plate
23. Eat Right
24. Tasty Colors
25. The Fruit Conga
26. Veggies
27. Fresh Salad
28. Juanito’s Chicken
29. Let’s Go to the Sea
30. Compadre, Buy Me a Coconut
31. The Legumes Dance
32. Milk
33. Chocolate
34. Oatmeal
35. Whole Grain Bread
36. Tortilla
37. Snack
38. Water

José-Luis Orozco’s ¡Come Bien! Eat Right is an enlightening, engaging, and fun-filled approach to making music for the good of all. His songs for and with children are alive with delightful melodies, tips for smart nutrition, and good humor. All tracks on this recording―his first album with Smithsonian Folkways and produced by Grammy-winning artist Quetzal Flores—appear in Spanish and in English, building basic skills in both languages at the same time showing that it can be fun to eat right — ¡Come bien!

La producción de José-Luis Orozco ¡Come Bien! Eat Right!   tiene un enfoque esclarecedor, atractivo y lleno de diversión, haciendo música para el bien de todos. Sus canciones para y con los niños están animadas con melodías encantadoras, consejos para la nutrición inteligente y buen humor. Todas las pistas en esta grabación―su primer álbum con Smithsonian Folkways y producido por el artista ganador del GRAMMY, Quetzal Flores―aparecen en español e inglés, así el desarrollo de habilidades básicas en los dos idiomas al mismo tiempo muestra que puede ser divertido y ¡Come Bien! Eat Right!

About Smithsonian Folkways Recordings:  Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution.  Folkways Recordings was started by Moses Asch (1905-1986) so that he could record what he called the ‘people’s music’ from around the world.  Under Asch’s direction, he created one of the most influential record labels in the world that included recordings from Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lead Belly.  Amazing!  The Smithsonian acquired Folkways in 1987 from the Asch estate and has continued to ensure Asch’s amazing collection continues for future generations.

José-Luis Orozco’s Smithsonian Folkways Debut, ‘¡Come Bien! Eat Right!’

List Price: $ 13.99 (Total time: 62 minutes, 40-page booklet with bilingual notes.)


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