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Kids do the Kansas Mambo with 123 Andres
Grammy-winning duo visits Great Bend
Latin music duo 123 Andres entertained in English and Spanish on Thursday at the Great Bend Public Library. - photo by Susan Thacker/Great Bend Tribune

The children who attended Great Bend Public Library’s free musical show on Thursday were too young to know or care that the duo 123 Andres is a Grammy-winning act. But there was joy in the room as kids, parents and grandparents joined the performers in singing and dancing to Latin music. They learned a few words in English, Spanish and American Sign Language during the fully interactive show. 

Performers Christina Sanabria and Andres Salguero are on tour all year, visiting venues from coast to coast.

“I grew up in Kansas, although this is my first time in Great Bend,” Sanabria said. (She grew up in the Kansas City area.)

Salguero played a number of instruments, including saxophone, guitar and the ocarina, small flute from Peru that is shaped like a face.

“It’s easier to dance if we stand up!” Sanabria told the audience, encouraging everyone in the room to get on their feet and make up their own dance moves to mambo and cumbia music.

123 Andres ( earned their Grammy in 2016 for Best Children’s Album, “Arriba Abajo.” It has 21 tracks: a set of 10 songs recorded first in English and then in Spanish, with one extra Spanish track at the end.

They are at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina this weekend before traveling to West Virginia for more appearances at public libraries in eastern states starting June 15.