Here in the northwest, it seemed like our extraordinary dreary, drenching spring would never lift, and suddenly not only did the sun arrive, but with it, full-body happiness in the form of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band’s new release “Aqui, Alla.”
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band (husband-wife duo Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis) from Los Angeles, has been delighting audiences with their bilingual albums for English and Spanish speaking families since 2011—music that can’t be pigeonholed into a certain style, but always entertaining and educational at the same time. Their latest album is an homage to Diaz’ heritage—celebrating what it means to be both Latin and American with tunes that channel the best in Tejano and southern California vibes. All of the songs, whether you are a Spanish speaker or not, are so instantly easy to connect with and a joy to spend your day with. “Aqui, Alla” is a masterful combination of upbeat, grooving, latin and pop melodies created by two of the most dialed in family musicians around.
Highlights abound, and every kid will have their favorite song—a standout for me is “Cantaba La Rana” a very silly song about a singing frog and “Orale” which means listen up—a nod to the very fun 60’s SoCal latin rockabilly style.
Whether you are enjoying a bbq, wiggling and dancing your way through washing the dishes or driving yet again to another soccer practice, “Aqui, Alla” will make your time more rich, and is an investment in a future where multiculturalism is our society’s best feature—the element that ensures a happy, curious and healthy world for future generations.
To hear tracks from “Aqui, Alla” and download lyrics and translations visit: luckydiazmusic.com/aqui-alla/
For more information on Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam, visit their website luckydiazmusic.com.
You can also see our review of their previous album “Lishy Lou and Lucky Too” here.
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