A number of Latin artists have sung "Al Tambor de La Alegria" (The Drum of Joy). It also has become popularized as a children’s song. However, the proper name of the song, and the way many only know the song to be named, is “Panameño, Panameño.” This piece originated as a commercial jingle to publicize "toldo" (an open air dance hall very popular during the carnival and fiesta times). The words are purported to have been written by Don Juan Pastor Paredes, and the music purported to be composed by Señora Carmen Lagnon. A piece written about this song states that: "Neither of the two ever imagined, then, that their simple song, born without any pretensions (only the desire to have it identify the "toldo") would reach out and represent the national music (of Panama) within and outside the country." Source: www.czbrats.com/MiNombre/panameno.htm Because "Al Tambor" is a song about playing the drum, it can be useful to accompany drum play. Such may be useful for facilitating movement, self-awareness, and/or social awareness. The song is very commonly known in Mexico, and can therefore provide a musical connection that assists in building rapport and engagement.
Listen to Al Tambor Recorded 2010 by Christina Stock
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