Tune of the Day: A la nanita nana
This Spanish lullaby and Christmas carol is a villancico, a musical form that was very popular in the Iberian Peninsula in the 18th century. This is a somewhat unusual carol, combining a tender lullaby with rhythms of popular Latin authenticity. The change from minor to major mode is a feature of certain Spanish folksongs, and is also found in some Cuban music.
“A la nanita nana” was featured in the 2006 Disney Channel Original Movie The Cheetah Girls 2, which earned it international popularity.
Thanks to Britt for suggesting this tune!