Contest: Hot Peas & Butter CD Giveaway

Alternate title: The Educate AJ About Music Contest

The Prize:

Three winners will be taking home a copy of Hot Peas ‘N Butter 5:  Best of the Bowl: Ingles Y Español. (Read my review.)

Cover of the CD Hot Peas N Butter 5: Best of the Bowl.

“Hot Peas and Butter is the New York City based world-pop group known for their sizzling percussive beats and hand-clappy Latin party music. Best of the Bowl, Ingles y Español is a collection of original and traditional tunes featuring the legendary cuatro player Yomo Toro, plus a host of other great musicians and a lively children’s chorus. The 11 tracks on Best of the Bowl, Ingles y Español offer a range of traditional and contemporary Latin styles from Merengue to Puerto Rican Bomba, all of which make it impossible for listeners to sit still. Almost every song contains both English and Spanish making it a wonderful way for parents to introduce their children to another language.”

Your Challenge:

Using the comment form located at the bottom of this article, post a comment containing an interesting fact about a genre of Latin American music (a topic about which I know very little). Include the name of the musical style and the country of origin.

It’s easy. Pick a country off Wikipedia’s list of popular music styles by country, click one of the musical styles, and recite a factoid of interest. The Hot Peas & Butter CD has an emphasis on merengue, bomba and plena, but you’re free to select a style from any Latin American country. One sentence is fine. Don’t write a book.

How the winners are chosen:

Three winners will be selected at random and notified via e-mail. If you don’t respond to the e-mail within 7 days, your prize will be forfeit. Seriously, check your spam filter!


12 a.m. Friday, October 16, 2009.

Other Rules:

The contest is open to residents in the United States and Canada.

User comments may be deemed ineligible for consideration in this contest if they are identified as spam by my blog software or their nature is such that I would normally delete them myself due to their spammy or offensive nature.

Thanks for reading Thingamababy, and participating! Post a comment with a factoid and you’re entered to win.


25 Responses to “Contest: Hot Peas & Butter CD Giveaway”

  1. Amy says:

    Not that it comes out of one Latin American country specifically, but I really like Ladino music. The language & song of Spanish Jews.

    October 2nd, 2009 at 4:45 am

  2. Jody says:

    In Latin America, folks sing ‘Las Mañanitas’ for a birthday celebration. A song with lyrics that makes one feel so special – one could only have a terrific birthday.

    In Spain, folks stick with a Spanish translation of our typical ‘Happy Birthday.’

    October 2nd, 2009 at 6:20 am

  3. Teresa says:

    Bachata originates from the Dominican Republic and is a guitar based music which recently evolved from bolero.

    Oh, and have you listened to Rodrigo y Gabriela? Not kids music per se, but totally amazing stuff. How do they even move their fingers that quickly?

    October 2nd, 2009 at 8:19 am

  4. Diana (Ladybug Limited) says:

    The cumbia dates back to the Spanish colonization of Colombia and was originally performed by African slaves with just drums and claves as a courtship dance.

    However, it is probably known to most Americans thanks to Mexican-American singer Selena (tragically shot by her fan club president and portrayed by Jennifer Lopez in what was probably J.Lo’s best movie…) My Spanish students (at least the girls) always loved that movie!

    October 2nd, 2009 at 10:18 pm

  5. mariel says:

    The cha-cha-cha is a cousin of the mambo, but the accent is moved from the fourth eighth note- where it was normally found in the mambo- to the first beat of the cha-cha-chá.

    The name cha-cha-cha comes from the sound your feet make as they hit the dance floor.

    I also find this to be one of the most versatile of the Latin rhythms. A lot of hip-hop/ R&B songs maintain the cha-cha-cha beat, making them great for dancing!

    October 3rd, 2009 at 6:20 am

  6. Kathleen says:

    Reggaeton is a form of urban music which blends influences of reggae and dancehall with many Latin American styles like bomba, plena and salsa (as well as many others). It is also combined with rapping lyrics similar to hip hop.

    October 5th, 2009 at 5:28 pm

  7. theblondeghost says:

    Puerto Rico’s plena was often called the “periodico cantado” or “sung newspaper” for the lower classes because it spread messages among people.

    October 5th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

  8. Audra says:

    Gaita is a type of Venezuelan music originating in Estado Zulia region. It is thought that the name is derived from “gaits”, the gothic word for goat, which is the preferred animal skin for making the furro, a friction drum used in playing gaita music.

    October 6th, 2009 at 8:51 am

  9. LilliMa says:

    It is true that Cumbia began as a courtship dance practiced among the slave population, but did you know it was also used during the Colombian struggle for independence as an expression of resistance against Spain?

    I love me some cumbia! Thank ye.

    October 14th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

  10. Lonald says:

    Spanish music is often considered abroad to be synonymous with flamenco, an Andalusian musical genre, which, contrary to popular belief, is not widespread outside that region. Various regional styles of folk music abound in Aragon, Catalonia, Valencia, Castile, the Basque Country, Galicia and Asturias. Pop, rock, hip hop and heavy metal are also popular.

    October 14th, 2009 at 10:36 pm

  11. tammy says:

    i’ve listened to latin music all my life. my great grandma was puerto rican and loved julio iglesias (sp?), i love his son!

    October 15th, 2009 at 1:37 am

  12. Jeremy says:

    Merengue artist Juan Luis Guerra can make a crowd of aging Dominican women scream like teenage girls.

    I saw this first hand and it is amazing.

    October 15th, 2009 at 3:50 am

  13. julianne says:

    A popular musical genre in Nicaragua is the Chicheros, often consisting of a trumpet and trombone or other brass instruments, with additional musicians playing various percussions.

    October 15th, 2009 at 4:34 am

  14. Francine says:

    I like your giveaway idea. Makes us learn something!

    Merengue is a type of music and dance from the Dominican Republic. Its name is Spanish, taken from the Spanish name of the meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar.

    October 15th, 2009 at 5:12 am

  15. Vilma says:

    In Mexico, banda music was created with the imitation of military bands that were imported during the reign of emperor Maximillian in the 1800s. Banda sounds very similar to polka music.

    October 15th, 2009 at 7:25 am

  16. Amber says:

    Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music. The musical style evolved from samba but is more complex harmonically and less percussive. Additionally, Bossa Nova emerged primarily from the upscale beachside neighborhoods of Rio De Janeiro vs. Samba’s origins in favelas of Rio.

    October 15th, 2009 at 7:32 am

  17. Summer says:

    This one if for the percussionists out there…
    If you listen to many Latin and Spanish music, you’ll notice a common drum riff. The drummed pattern is the same as if you say this phrase “Love your mom in her new black nightie.” (How I learned to play the riff!)

    This can especially be heard on some of Santana’s songs.

    October 15th, 2009 at 7:50 am

  18. Valerie says:

    Batuque is popular in Cape Verde. Originally a woman’s folk music, batuque is an improvised music with strong satirical or critical lyrics.

    October 15th, 2009 at 7:56 am

  19. Sandy W. says:

    In September 1947, Dizzy Gillespie collaborated with Machito conga player Chano Pozo to perform the “Afro-Cuban Drums Suite” at Carnegie Hall. This was the first concert to feature an American band playing Afro-Cuban jazz and Pozo remained in Gillespie’s orchestra to produce “Cubana Be, Cubana Bop” among others.

    Musical Style: Latin Jazz,
    Country: countries of Latin descent (Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Romania, and countries of its influence)

    October 15th, 2009 at 8:45 am

  20. Chris says:

    The song “Quizás, Quizás, Quizás” written by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés in 1947 has been covered at least 19 times. My favorite is the 1997 version “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” by Cake. Though the Nat King Cole cover is pretty darn good too. :)

    October 15th, 2009 at 8:49 am

  21. Dor says:

    The adufe is a traditional square tambourine of Moorish origin, which is used in Portugal. Who knew?

    October 15th, 2009 at 8:55 am

  22. Robin says:

    I once dated a guy who’s father was a singer murdered under Pinochet. Chilean music has fascinated me ever since.

    “La Nueva Canción” also known as the “New Song Movement” or “Trova” is a type of protest/social song. Its lyrics characteristically talk about poverty, empowerment, the Unidad Popular, imperialism, democracy, human rights, and religion. The most important source for nueva canción, is Chilean cueca, a rural song-form.

    October 15th, 2009 at 9:56 am

  23. LooneyJen says:

    Not just plain ole shakers: .

    Often one maraca is pitched high and the other is pitched low. Some have thought the instrument of prehistoric Moroccan origin.

    Pretty cool!

    October 15th, 2009 at 3:18 pm

  24. Sarah says:

    merengue is readily recognized as the national dance of the Dominican Republic.
    Strangers and older couples tend to keep a respectable distance from each other, while more intimate couples break the barriers of personal space and entwine their bodies. Whatever age the contagious beat causes the adrenaline to rise and you can imagine yourself dancing bare foot to the pulse of a Caribbean sunset.

    October 15th, 2009 at 6:30 pm

  25. kelli says:

    The güiro is a percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a wooden stick (“pua”) along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound. The güiro is commonly used in Latin-American music, and plays a key role in the typical cumbia rhythm section.

    October 15th, 2009 at 9:32 pm