Los Van Van - then and now!

Los Van Van's music tells the story of Cuba itself, from its conquest by the Spanish to its modern, turbulent history - all the while celebrating the vivacity, toughness and community that defines Cuba today! This year Los Van Van celebrated their 50th anniversary - let's look at how they've evolved!

Staff Picks - La copla en voces de nuestros días

In this playlist, Ana takes us into the world of Andalusian Copla - a type of traditional song that was born in the early 1920s. The lyrics tell stories of relationships torn apart, impossible desires, heartbreak, jealousy and loss.

Staff Picks - Isidro's Almodóvar movies playlist

Isidro presents a selection of songs from the movies of Almodóvar (Spain's most renowned film maker). Boleros, tangos, rancheras and mambos all combine in a tantalising mix of Latin drama and passion!

Staff Picks - Cantautores & canciones protesta

María Rúa has compiled a gorgeous playlist uncovering some beautiful relics from the past, a movement which defined generations of songs to come. This list evokes a spirit of protest, a momentous tradition where art was often used to rival oppressive rulers and unsinkable regimes.

Staff Picks - Penny's 'Take Me Back to Cancún' Playlist

This playlist encapsulates the many varied anthems that rock Mexico's famous party capital - Cancún. It begins with some fun songs from Cuba's 'Queen Of Salsa' Celia Cruz, Puerto Rican national treasures Calle 13 to international pop star Enrique Iglesias. A great way to liven up any party!

Staff Picks - Ana's Hip-Pop Women Playlist

As we celebrate International Women's Day, Ana, our Director of Studies, has made a playlist that takes us on a journey of protest and feminism from all corners of the Hispanic world - all in Spanish of course!

Staff Picks - Matt's Spanish Alt Rock Playlist

In our second, hand-selected Spotify playlist Matt gives us a taste of the alternative rock scene in Spain - inspired by the months he spent living there as an exchange student.

Matt is part of El Patio's student support and reception team - but also plays in an alternative rock band himself! He's got good taste - check it out.

Staff Picks - Ben's Summer Playlist!

Suggestions for your summer listening - in Spanish!

Our first Spotify playlist of songs has been created by Ben Wright-Smith, not only one of our Melbourne admin assistants, but a singer-songwriter in his own right. Listen, follow or share!

Spanish through Song - La cumbia del mole (all levels)

Music is a great way to approach language learning, as it can be a back door to your brain. As well as being a good way to learn new vocabulary, music carries culture, and in this case, more than one.

Mexican-American singer, Lila Downs, sings about MOLE, the thick, brown, spicy Mexican sauce. Mole is concocted by grinding together lots of ingredients - so it's apt that this song about a very Mexican sauce is deliciously mixed with a Colombian musical style, cumbia.

Spanish through Song - Me gustas tú (A1/A2)

Music touches us. It's a universal language that needs no translation. Language and music share stuff - rhythm, melody, pitch, volume, tone, pauses, stops.

Spanish through Song explores the artist, the lyrics and why you should incorporate it in your learning routine.

Let's look at Manu Chau's "Me gustas tú" - perhaps THE MOST USED SONG in Spanish language classes all over the world.

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