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Artwork by Rafael Lopez and Teresa Martínez

 

With a stick, a dry gourd and some seeds, you can make your own maraca! A version of this instrument can be found in many countries and cultures around the world.
It’s really fun to play and it can surely get a party started…
¡Cuuumbia!

lyrics:

Oye la maraca
Escúchala cantar
Las semillas bailan
Al ritmo del compás

Voy por un totumo que en el árbol ha de estar
Luego las semillas que me van a regalar
Ya tengo un palito y lo voy a utilizar
Voy con abuelito juntos vamos a tocar

Oye la maraca…

Esta maraquita que me alegra el corazón
Sueña con la flauta y es amiga del tambor
Con su bello ritmo a todos pone a bailar
Con mi maraquita juntos vamos a viajar
Vamos a cantar, vamos a bailar, vamos a jugar

Oye la maraca…

rough translation

Listen to the maraca

Hear it sing

The seeds are dancing

To the sound of the beat

I'm getting a gourd that is likely on the tree

Then I'll add the seeds that someone's is giving me

I already have a stick that I will use

I'm going with my grandpa, together we'll play

Listen to the maraca....

This little maraca that brings joy to my heart

Dreams with the flute and is friends with the drum

With its beautiful rhythm everyone wants to dance

With my little maraca together we will travel

We will sing, we will dance, we will play

Listen to the maraca...

Sebastián Cruz - electric guitar 

Terry Greene II - trombone 

Hugo Moreno - trumpet
Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza - leona, vocals 

Elena Moon Park - vocals 

George Sáenz - vocals
Martín Vejarano - drums, maraca, tambora, tambor alegre, llamador
Sonia De Los Santos - vocals

By Sonia De Los Santos; De Los Santos Music ASCAP

and Martín Vejarano; Gaitero Music ASCAP