Children Of The World

"Washing Our Hands" features children from all over the United States, helping to make hand-washing a celebratory ritual.
"Rhythm & Rhyme" features José V and the artwork of Mexican illustrator, Marcos Almada Rivero.
Despite the pandemic’s many hardships, this strange period of time has also created opportunities for artists to make new work and collaborate in unprecedented ways. With live performances canceled for the foreseeable future, Latin GRAMMY Award-Winning musician, author, activist, and educator, Ben Gundersheimer (aka MISTER G) began reaching out to friends and colleagues around the globe to share songs and ideas that had been percolating in isolation. Soon, one friend was introducing the project to another and the response was astonishing.

Mister G and the Global Citizen Ensemble’s debut album, Children of the World, unites musicians across five continents and fourteen countries (including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Romania, Iran, Liberia, Senegal, Vietnam, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Mexico, France, Jamaica and the US).

Each of the twelve tracks developed organically through video calls and emails exchanged while sheltering in place. Ben would share a new song and an artist would hear something intriguing and then embroider it with his or her unique cultural perspective. That might be a rhythm, as on “Talking Drum Alarm Clock” which features West African drum master, Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal, Black Panther Soundtrack) or a traditional instrument such as the Đàn Tranh, played by Tri Nguyen from Vietnam on “The Bamboo Bridge”.

GRAMMY-nominated bass vocalist and outspoken racial justice advocate, Armand Hutton, brought his own musical heritage to the album, underpinning “Earth Beneath Your Feet” with rhythmic call and response and rousing gospel harmonies that feature Cienna Alida.

“‘Harmony’ is often used as a word that means togetherness,” said Hutton in a recent interview with the Recording Academy. “But we know that it is a basic musical term, so we must once again make the word "ours" by leading the charge against division, and doing our best to embrace each other's differences.”

GRAMMY-nominated Chilean Jazz vocalist, Claudia Acuña, lent her exquisite phrasing to the bilingual song “You & Me (Tú y Yo)”, which speaks to immigration and articulates a call for unity.

“If you only know how much this album brightened my day, thinking of all the children and families, and myself as an immigrant.” said Acuña in a recent phone conversation, “I wish that I had grown up with music like this.”

The album also features the voices and perspectives of children from around the United States, who urge adults to take the pandemic seriously in “Put On That Mask” and rally around the new normal in “Washing Our Hands,” a funk track that aims to turn hand washing into a celebratory ritual.

Producing the album from his home studio in Western Massachusetts, Ben was humbled by the generosity, trust, and fluidity offered by an ever-growing cast of characters, many of whom had never met or worked together before. The result of this unusual collaboration is a vibrant global soundscape that effortlessly traverses borders and exemplifies the idea of music as a universal language.

Much like Ritmo y Rima – Ben’s Spanish language record released earlier this year - the album has two voices: children will be drawn to the captivating songs that explore subjects like dinosaurs, marimbas, and eco-activism. Adults will appreciate the wide range of musical styles, the educational value, and the themes of unity and hope. And listening beyond the lyrics, one discovers a narrative of quarantine as a creative springboard. and the exponential power of music to dissolve boundaries.

Mister G

BEN GUNDERSHEIMER

PRODUCER, SONGWRITER

Ben Gundersheimer is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist, and educator. Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by The Washington Post, he has released twelve albums for children and families, and earned five Parents' Choice Gold Awards. Ben has published two picture books with Penguin Random House, "Señorita Mariposa "and "Lilah Tov Good Night".
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José V

JOSÉ VALENTINO

PRODUCER, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST

Dr. José Valentino Ruiz is an EMMY® Award-winner and a music professor at the University of Florida who is known for his expressivity on numerous instruments and vocals. Jose is co-founder of a non-profit music education center in Guatemala that helps children learn life skills, a music coach for kids at the Diaz Music Institute, and the loving father of Luca, who performs on track 7, "Rhythm and Rhyme."
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Massamba Diop

Massamba Diop

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Claudia Acuña

Claudia Acuña

Vocalist
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Chile

Donna E. Scott

Donna E. Scott

Vocalist/Co-Producer
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USA

Devin Walker

Devin Walker

Drummer
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USA

Armand Hutton

Armand Hutton

Vocalist
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USA

Cienna Alida Wesley

Cienna Alida Wesley

Vocalist
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USA

Carlos H. Alvarez

Carlos H. Alvarez

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Rodney Alejandro

Rodney Alejandro

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USA

Dafnis Prieto

Dafnis Prieto

Musician/Drummer
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Cuba

Carlson Barros

Carlson Barros

Co-Producer and Mix Engineer
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Brazil

Lisette Marie Diaz

Lisette Marie Diaz

Vocals
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Puerto Rico

Pamela Mireles

Pamela Mireles

violin
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Mexico

José Antonio Diaz

José Antonio Diaz

vocalist
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Puerto Rico

Robert Acevedo Jr.

Robert Acevedo Jr.

percussionist
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Puerto Rico

Benny Maldonado

Benny Maldonado

percussionist
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Puerto Rico

Eduardo Jaramillo

Eduardo Jaramillo

engineer
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Venezuela

Joey Diaz

Joey Diaz

drummer
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USA

Jaden Suarez

Jaden Suarez

vocalist
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Bolivia

Sophia

Sophia

vocalist
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Mexico

Luca Valentino Ruiz

Luca Valentino Ruiz

Pots & Pans
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USA

Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson

Engineer
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USA

Vladimir Suarez

Vladimir Suarez

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Bolivia

Derris Lee

Derris Lee

keyboardist
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USA

Viviana Guzman

Viviana Guzman

Flutist
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Chile

Katherine Jamieson

Katherine Jamieson

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Art Bouton

Art Bouton

Musician
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USA

Dennis Sy

Dennis Sy

Vocalist
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The Phillipines

Horace Alexander

Horace Alexander

Musician/Vocalist
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USA

Julian Kelly

Julian Kelly

Vocalist
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USA

Nahuel Bronzini

Nahuel Bronzini

Engineer
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USA

Richard Owens (Oluwafikayomi) 

Richard Owens (Oluwafikayomi) 

Musician/Trombone
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USA

Tri Nguyen

Tri Nguyen

Musician
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Vietnam

Vicente Avella

Vicente Avella

Musician/Piano
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Venezuela

William Johnson

William Johnson

Musician/Percussionist
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USA

William and Layla Johnson

William and Layla Johnson

Vocalists
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USA

Mi Amigo Hamlet

Mi Amigo Hamlet

Musician
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Guatemala

Alina Celeste

Alina Celeste

Vocalist
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Miami, Florida

José León

José León

Trombone
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USA

Darryl Harper

Darryl Harper

Musician/Clarinet
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USA

Katherine Dines

Katherine Dines

Musician
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USA

James Coffey

James Coffey

Recording Artists & Music Producer
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USA
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