Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band´s summer song for children, “Paletero Man,” is a tribute to the tropical popsicle sellers whose carts are hot weather fixtures in neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The bilingual pop song about “the Mexican ice cream man” is from the Latin Grammy-winning kids music group´s new album Made in LA, set for release this Friday (July 21).
“The Paletero Man is my song in support of immigrants in Los Angeles and everywhere in the States,” Diaz tells Billboard. “The paletero man is a reflection of the hard-working Latino/immigrant? making his dreams come true in America. He brings the flavors of home for many displaced Mexicans.
“This is an immigrant anthem,” he adds. “We can all unite over ice cream. Can’t we?”?
The L.A.-based group, fronted by Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, who are a couple raising two bilingual children, is known to the under-ten set for hits like “Piñata Attack” and “ABC is the Place to Be.” The new album features what the artists call “a who’s who of the family music scene in Los Angeles,” including Genevieve Goings (Choo Choo Soul), Mike Phirman (SiriusXM), Todd McHatton, Andrew & Polly and Mista Cookie Jar.
Lucky Diaz will play Kidzapalooza at Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3 and 4, part of an extensive summer tour where they´ll be making little ones sweat to “Paletero Man” and other songs from the new album, the band’s fifth.
“Paletero Man” runs deep with meaning for us if you pry into it,” Gaddis observes. “But most importantly, it is meant for a dance party, for summer, for kids.”
Watch the animated lyric video for “Paletero Man” now, exclusively on Billboard.??