Winner of the 2015 Latin GRAMMY for Best Children’s Album and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Los Animales is Mister G’s newest collection of original, bilingual songs inspired by his love of animals.
The album kicks off with the electrifying piano playing of Arturo O’Farrill on the title track, accompanied by Mister G’s driving acoustic guitar, and a chorus of bilingual children. Next up is “Vamonos” (Let’s Go), a celebratory song about visiting the zoo, which begins by posing the question,“¿Cuál es tu animal favorito?” (What’s your favorite animal?). “Siete Elefantes” is a counting song brimming with traditional Latin percussion instruments (timbale, guira, bongos, congas).
The captivating Tejano sounds of “La Rana” (The Frog), and “El León y la Luna” (The Lion and the Moon), are enlivened by the rich, playful vocal styling of the great Cuban singer, Estrella Acosta. “Baila Como Las Hormigas” (Dance Like the Ants) is a full-blown fiesta, and “Buenos Noches” (Good Night), a duet with Brazilian singer Mari Nobre, sends young listeners off to sleep for a night of sweet, animal-filled dreams. Acclaimed Mexican artist Marcos Almada Rivero created the folkloric-inspired original art for the album.