The true test of good kids’ music is if you keep it on in the car long after you’ve dropped the children off at school. Ozokidz, Ozomatli’s collection of kids’ music passes that test and then some. Not only do I listen after my kids are out of the car, but I listen to it on my phone when I go running.
Ozomatli, the Los Angeles band behind Ozokidz, has created a fun, energetic collection of songs with cute lyrics and great music. My personal favorite is “Exercise” because it’s so fast there’s no way you can’t jump around. My boys love “Trees,” I think because of the funky beat.
The rest of the album teaches kids about “Germs,” “Water,” the “Sun and Moon,” and the “Moose on the Loose.” There is one song that has been in my music collection for years and it’s also the only one on the album in Spanish, “Changito.” Love it.
But I’m not the only one who loves Ozomatli. The band is so popular in its LA hometown that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declared April 23 as Ozomatli day. And PBS KIDS had the band do a series of songs for some cute animated shorts. In the video below Wil-Dog Abers and Justin Poree talk about how the PBS Kids spots helped them get ready to write songs for the Ozokidz album. Ozokidz comes out tomorrow, Sept. 25, 2012, on iTunes and Amazon.
Yvonne Condes is the Editor co-Founder of MomsLA, a Community of the Top Mom Bloggers in Los Angeles and Southern California.