13 BIPOC music artists for kids

We know how important it is to expose children to music from an early age. Moreover, there are so many amazing children’s music artists helping kids grow in their early development. As we try to diversify our child’s media intake, consider including more musicians representing BIPOC in their daily music jams. Here are some musicians to get you started.

Uncle Devin

Uncle Devin uses percussion instruments to take children on a musical journey with impactful life lessons. For example, in his song See yourself in the picture, Uncle Devin, “No matter how others see you, you are no one’s shame. You are indeed in the picture… in a beautiful way. Listen to this song and more on Spotify.

Ella Jenkins

Some of us may remember listening to Ella Jenkins as children. You can introduce the legendary children’s folk song to your children with this Spotify playlist. Fun fact: she is originally from the south side of Chicago!

queen of culture

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Everyone feels like royalty with Culture Queen. On Spotify you can listen to her empowering songs that will make any child feel special. Culture Queen’s affirmations and upbeat music will also help boost your child’s confidence.

Akili and me

YouTube has many amazing educational videos for kids. Add Akili and me to your child’s watch list. Made in Africa, the YouTube channel features 4-year-old Akili learning the alphabet, shapes, counting and more through fun songs.

Nanny Nikki

Sing and fly with Nanny Nikki! The interactive children’s entertainer combines music, story time, dance and puppetry into all of her energetic performances. You watch some of his videos from the comfort of your home on YouTube.

big donation

Your favorite classic children’s song gets a hip-hop twist with Big Don. He even has a hip-hop Christmas album for kids. According to his website, the Austin-based artist sadly passed away in 2018, but his music can still be treasured by families on Spotify.

Jazzy Ash

Jazzy Ash and his band from New Orleans are bringing jazz to the next generation. You’ll love hearing upbeat classics like “Coming Around the Mountain” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Listen to more Jazzy Ash music on Spotify.

123 Andres

If you want your child to learn Spanish or if they already speak it at home, 123 Andrés has great music for children. Listen more on their YouTube or Spotify.

Kuumba Kids

Did you know that “Kuumba” means creativity in Swahili? Sing along with Kuumba Kids on Spotify. Their uplifting music teaches children about the rich culture of Africa. Instead of singing for Old Macdonald had a farm for the hundredth time, listen African savannah which tells children all about lions, giraffes and other animals that live in Africa.

Niki’s music lesson

Niki is not your average teacher because she knows how to make music exciting for children. Learn the colors in Spanish or sing a new alphabet song. Find more of his clips on YouTube or on Facebook.

Little Miss Anne

Little Miss Ann is an award-winning children’s musician from Chicago. She is a Filipino American mom and generation. She’s made five children’s albums full of soulful originals and reimagined classics. Find more of his songs on YouTube and Spotify.

Pierce Freelon

Pierce Freelon celebrates black fatherhood with his debut album, DAD Inspired by his own journey as a father, the hip-hop, soul and electronic musician says he has incorporated voice memo recordings of himself and his children into the songs . Listen to more on YouTube and Spotify.

SaulPaul

Austin-based singer, songwriter and rapper Saul Paul uses motivational songs to inspire and empower our next generation. Her third children’s album will be released on August 28. Listen to more of his music on YouTube and Spotify.


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