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Monday, August 27, 2012
Kindie Land: Mister G Releases a new Bilingual Collection of Songs in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month: Chocolalala
Mister G Releases a new Bilingual Collection of Songs in Time for Hispanic Heritage Month:
"Laid back Latin grooves reminiscent of Manu Chao, but with lyrics kids can identify with. This charming bilingual album has something for everyone in the family." ~ Sandra Velasquez, Moona Luna and Pistolera
“Mister G's colorful, bi-lingual, new album is a fiesta for your ears! Our favorite around the house is 'Bailamos,' because who doesn't like to dance?!" ~ Lucky and Alisha, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
Mister G, a Parents’ Choice Award winning artist whose last CD BUGS was called “irresistible” by People magazine, will present a new collection of original bilingual tunes, just in time for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). Chocolalala is his most multi-layered release yet, offering kids 11 new songs that are easy to sing along with in Spanish and English.Chocolalala will be available on September 15.
Inspired by Mister G’s concert tours throughout Latin America, the new album spans a wide range of musical styles from bossa nova to ska, funk to folk, rap to pop. With captivating Latin rhythms and melodies, the music appeals as much to parents as to children. Catchy and educational, the songs teach about counting, colors and nature, and celebrate the joys of eating chocolate, dancing and riding on the school bus with friends. Guest artists include Rani Arbo, Mike Visceglia (Suzanne Vega’s bassist), Steve Gaboury (Cyndi Lauper’s keyboardist), and 11-year old trumpeter Trixie Willems (daughter of best-selling author Mo Willems).
Chocolalala was produced, engineered and mixed by Mister G (Ben Gundersheimer). The album features world-class musicians, the voices of bilingual families, and performances by Mister G's former elementary school students. In addition to writing and singing the songs, Mister G played acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, tres and percussion.
Early in 2012, Mister G toured for the second time in Mexico performing in schools and at public concerts. In February, Mister G was the only children's musician featured at the National Association of Bilingual Educators Conference in Dallas, TX.
Mister G is Ben Gundersheimer, a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/producer with 10 ASCAP awards to his name, who spent 20 years as a rock frontman and solo artist before transitioning to making family music. The first student to garner a songwriting scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Ben toured internationally before going back to school to earn a masters degree in elementary education.
As a teaching artist, Mister G brings his innovative educational programs to schools, museums, theaters and performing arts centers. Mister G has appeared with Dan Zanes and other kindie stars including Lunch Money, Dog on Fleas, Brady Rymer and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.
Mister G's 2011 release, BUGS, included two bilingual songs, "Cocodrilo" and "Vamos a la Playa." The video for "Vamos a la Playa" aired on national television during Hispanic Heritage Month. BUGS was featured in People magazine and Parents magazines as one of the best children's CD's of 2011. The recording also won a Parents' Choice Award, as well as the NAPPA Rising Star Award, and was lauded bySchool Library Journal.