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celebrate this cinco de mayo aqui, alla (here, there… ) with lucky diaz and the family jam band :: review + giveaway {#aquialla}

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LDFJB_Aqui_Alla_Promo_1_smallSQUEEE!!! I’m very excited (<— can’t you tell?) to share with our readers the newest release from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Aqui, Alla. Releasing on May 5, 2014 this is the perfect album to play as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo with friends, family, and of course, the littlest music lovers in your life.

This is not the first time I’ve shared releases from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam band (see other posts HERE), but this is the first time I have gotten to share them since they WON A GRAMMY! Yep, at the Latin GRAMMYs last fall Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band became the first North Americans EVER to win in the children’s music category!

Aqui_Alla_Cover(1)Their newest Spanish language album, Aqui, Alla was another insta-hit at our home and the first day we had access to the album we listened to it on repeat all afternoon as I mentally translated (and then actually translated for the kids) many of the songs. When “La Pequena Arana” started to play I immediately noticed that it was a melding of the Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band sound we LOVE with a Spanish-language version of “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” This is a song that my girls are thoroughly enjoying as they learn the Spanish lyrics and sing along.

Here’s a lyrical snippet (and the translation in parenthesis) for you from the title song from the album “Aqui, Alla” ::

Una Pregunta quieremos saber
De donde venimos y hacia donde vamos
(Where do we come from and where are we going?
We are from here and we’re from there as well.)

LDFJB_Aqui_Alla_Promo_5At first you may not think that the indie pop, Chicano rock, and Tejano sounds included in Aqui, Alla would blend together to make a cohesive album, but you would be wrong. In typical Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band brilliance these very different influences all meld together to create an album that immediately turned my thoughts to the fun of summer. My girls’ first thoughts went more towards the line of “Let’s DANCE!”

Aqui, Alla :: $10.99

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One very lucky SIMPLE reader will win an Aqui, Alla Prize Pack that creates a turnkey party for up to 4 people! This Prize Pack is valued at $50 and includes the following items ::

Lucky Diaz Aqui Alla prize pack

  • Aqui, Alla CD
  • Lucky and Alisha’s tips for the best Cinco de Mayo party ever, including Lucky’s salsa recipes
  • 4 wooden maracas that kids can paint
  • Washable paints
  • Fiesta themed stickers (for the maracas or anything you wish).
  • Lucky and Alisha autographed poster.

Here is how to enter:

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  • Miz Vickik
    April 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    My husband and I would celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

  • Jessica Wyatt
    April 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    I learned that they were the very first Americans to ever win a Latin GRAMMY in the children’s album category

  • Ashley Fryer
    April 26, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I learned that they are a married couple.

  • Misha Estrada
    April 26, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    My kids would love to have a little cinco de mayo party.

  • Teresa Thompson
    April 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    My granddaughters would have a blast with this!

  • Dawn Monroe
    April 26, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Id like to celebrate with my grandkids and watch them paint. Ilearned that they won a grammy!

  • Diana Hatch
    April 26, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I would love to use with my 4 granddaughters

  • Heather B
    April 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

    All 3 of my children would love to help me use the prize pack to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

  • Nancy
    April 26, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I learned they have a photo section on their site. If I won, I’d use this with our family.

  • Jodi
    April 26, 2014 at 3:09 am

    I think it would be a lot of fun to bring this music to my kids immersion school. The high energy beats would be fun to dance to

    April 25, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    i learned that they will be at the Americana soon! Guess what? I live about 5 minutes away from the Americana! I will definitely be going to see them!!

  • Becky VanGinkel
    April 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I think it’s neat that PEOPLE Magazine called their album the #1 in COOLEST kids music! That’s a pretty big honor!! I would use this set to celebrate Cinco De Mayo with my 3 children DJ, June, and JoJo and we would have a blast 🙂 Thanks for the chance!!


  • Julie Lee
    April 24, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I learned that they used the music in a coca cola commercial!

  • Emi
    April 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I learned that they would be at the Americana in Glendale on May 6th. We could go with some local friends.

  • Terri S.
    April 23, 2014 at 4:36 am

    I learned that they will be at Madison Square Park, NY on June 26. This will be great to take my grandkids to enjoy. 🙂

  • Patricia
    April 22, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    They offer private shows. They look like so much fun. My girls would love this.