Fun tunes for all ages, and a great way to learn some easy Ladino along the way!
Sarah Aroeste is a bilingual artist based in the US, specializing in the fading dialect of Spanish called Ladino (Judeo-Spanish). Most of her previous work has been geared towards adults (NPR featured me from my last record as being one of the most boundary-pushing Latin artists today—you can read more here…), but I am most excited now by my newest foray into the kindie scene. She wrote an album to preserve her culture and her new children’s album out this spring, Ora de Despertar (Time to Wake Up) is unique because it’s the first ever Ladino children’s record. Sarah grew up with this language and wrote this album so that her kids can grow up in a world where Ladino still exists. Pretty cool. I love her philosophy that good music is good music— no matter the language. Her album is meant for anyone – young or old, and of any background – interested in world cultures and fun, catchy tunes!
What is the language of Ladino?
Ladino language has been around since the second half of the nineteenth century where it then blossomed in the twentieth century into a Judeo-Spanish language of journalism and popular literature, resulting in a bibliography of almost four hundred periodical titles and a corpus of novels, theatrical plays, poems, and other minor genres in the language! Wow! Ladino was originally spoken in the former territories of the Ottoman Empire (the Balkans, Turkey, the Middle East, and North Africa) as well as in France, Italy, Netherlands, Morocco, and the UK. Although the language is slowly dying out, it is still spoken today in mainly Sephardic minorities in more than 30 countries, although most of the speakers reside in Israel. Ladino is not an official language status in any country, although it is still considered by many to be a minority language in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Spain, Turkey and France.
Now about Sarah’s album with the Ladino language!
Songs in Sarah’s album range from learning basic greetings, to animals on a farm, items in nature, body parts, mealtimes and more. The entire album has also been turned into an animated video series which you can view here: https://vimeo.com/album/3853444 The cartoons connect the lyrics to the visuals so that anyone can have fun with the music and learn a little something new along the way. The title— Time to Wake Up — is a slight play on words. For children, it’s the title track and is a song about the rituals of waking up in the morning. For adults, it’s a “wake-up” call that we have to start passing our cultures down to our children or they will get lost. Most modern Spanish speakers will understand a good chunk of the tunes, and for everyone else, it’s just fun, playful music!
- Ora de Despertar
- Las Komidas
- Mi Famiya
- Kualo Tienes?
- Las Manos
- Kuantos Animales
- Si Yo Era el Sielo
- Komo Vas a Ser?
- La Riza
- Nochada Buena
Check it out for additional learning!
List Price: $ 8.99