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Ora de Despertar
Sarah Aroeste
$11.99 CD / $8.99 MP3

Ora de Despertar is a children's album entirely in Ladino, a language also known as Judeo-Spanish, primarily spoken among Sephardic Jews and also used in Sephardic religious texts, secular literature, and songs. Singer and Ladino speaker Sarah Aroeste created Ora de Despertar when, as an expectant mother, she realized she had no Ladino songs ideal for sharing with her daughter (a lot of Ladino music is intended for an adult audience and entails high drama). The songs of Ora de Despertar include gentle lullabies, a cherished Hanukkah theme, and silly songs with animal sounds. The result is unique and exceptional! Also a choice pick for children's world music collections is "Aquarela" by Paulinho Garcia & Friends ($12.99 CD), a kid-friendly album in Portuguese that celebrates daily life and culture in Brazil.