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listen  1. Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes (Angels We Have Heard On High)Papa Wemba and Mino Cinelu 4:11$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. We Three KingsBob Berg, Jim Beard and Arto Tuncboyacyan feat. Zakir Hussain 4:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Go Tell It On The MountainJohn Scofield and The Wild Magnolias 5:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Zan Vevede (O Holy Night)Angélique Kidjo 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Michaux Veillait/Santa Claus is Coming To TownCaribbean Jazz Project 7:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. NatalCesaria Evora 5:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Ave MariaDeep Forest and Lokua Kanza 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. We Wish You A Merry Christmas / Rhumba NavideneVocal Sampling 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Boas FestasGil Gilberto And Caetano Veloso With Eilane Elias 3:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Cascabel (Jingle Bells)Yomo Toro And The Boricua All Stars feat. Ruben Bades and Dave Valentin 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Twelve Days Of ChristmasMino Cinelu and Dianne Reeves 6:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. God Rest Ye Merry GentlemenMarcus Miller and Joshua Redman 5:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. NavidadGipsy Kings 3:27$1.29  Buy MP3 


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 15, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005H2P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,116 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

A holiday celebration from NY to Paris to the Caribbean to Zaire: Natal Cesaria Evora; Navidad Gipsy Kings; Oh Holy Night (Zan Vevede) Angelique Kidjo; Angels We Have Heard on High Papa Wemba & Mino Cinelu; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Michaux Veillait, plus John Scofield, Gilberto Gil, Joshua Redman and more!

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An exceptional gathering of musicians from around the global village set a new standard for Christmas records on World Christmas. The wonderful variety of songs resonate with love of the season, and there isn't a novelty tune to be heard. From Africa come Cesaria Evora, Angelique Kidjo, Papa Wemba, and Lokua Kanza, all bearing gifts of heartfelt music. The jazz world cooks up a feast, with delectable chestnuts from Joshua Redman, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Mino Cinelu, John Scofield, the Wild Magnolias, and the Caribbean Jazz Project. The Latin sound is present with Ruben Blades, Yomo Toro, Dave Valentin, the Gipsy Kings, and the gifted Cuban a cappella group Vocal Sampling. Brazil sends the angelic voices of Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Eliane Elias; and India's Zakir Hussain adds spice to "We Three Kings." There isn't a clinker in this stocking full of music--and it's for a good cause, too! Proceeds benefit the International Special Olympics. --Jeff Grubb

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I accidentally heard the 12th day of Christmas song on this CD on the public radio 91.7 FM and I loved it.
JR
By this album - only the song Holy Night with Angelique Kidjo is worth it!
Nilsson Börje

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is among the best Christmas music collections available-particularly for listeners who are tired of old conventional presentations. True to the World Christmas title, songs are sung in French, Spanish, African Portuguese, and English--some with exuberant West African rhythms. For example, "Navidad" by the Gypsy Kings is among the most celebratory Christmas songs I know. Other songs like "Boas Festas" and "Natal" are simply lovely and may become Christmas favorites for you. Even an overworked standard like "Twelve Days of Christmas" is presented with a novel sultry jazz sound that will exercise your subwoofer. Take a chance on this album. You will enjoy the rewards.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By m_noland on November 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Tired of Christmas time schlock? This is one that you can sink your teeth into -- and besides, the money goes to a good cause (International Special Olympics). Standout cuts: John Scofield and the Wild Magnolias absolutely burning down "Go Tell it on a Mountain" and Angelique Kidjo's mountain 'o overdubs version of "O Holy Night" in which she not only sings the words but all the instrumental parts as well. Way cool.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leona E. Brown on August 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Ave Maria(Deep Forest) a few weeks ago. Liking what I heard I searched for more on them. I was led to the World Christmas CD. When I had an opertunity to hear the entire CD I fell in love with every song there.

Most of these artists I had never heard before. Believe me they do the songs justice. I would recommend the CD to all my friends.Even though I had a hard time finding it, I kept up the search until I did. I put in my order right away for fear of the CD being sold out quickly. Now I eagerly anticipate the delivery so that I can start listening.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The pacing, music, and artistry on this album are all top-notch. While most of the tracks tend towards the slow paced and down-tempo, I find them lovely as holiday entertainment. It's just a fantastic work and one of the few Christmas records of my fairly large collection that I make sure to listen to all the way through each year.

Standouts on this compilation include:

* Vocal Sampling's "We Wish You A Merry Christmas / Rhumba Navidene", a super, Latinized, a cappella take on the holiday classic. (Though their heavily accented and possibly phonetically learned English is fairly funny.)

* Angelique Kidjo's "Zan Vevede (O Holy Night)", but is there anything that her powerhouse voice can't make awesome? The vocal arrangement (on the largely a cappella track) is especially inventive and effective. And the track is at just the right tempo to inflict relaxation at the hectic holiday time.

* The Gypsy Kings' "Navidad", a super up-tempo closeout to the album in the Kings' usual style. If you've liked their stuff before, you'll like this too. Fortunately for me, I like their stuff.

The samples that Amazon presents here aren't particularly good for helping to know the pleasures that this album holds. Since many of the tracks are slow-paced and the samples are brief you don't quite get the impact from the way many of the tracks grow and swell over time.

Still, great sentiment, great music and great whole album for the season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 27, 2009
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Quite possibly my favorite Christmas album ever. If you're open to a wide variety of musical styles -- and love Christmas music -- you can't miss with this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria L. on December 10, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I really enjoy this cd, but I listened to it and the "Putamayo Presents: Christmas Around The World" back-to-back last weekend and have to admit that I like the songs on the latter best. World Christmas seems to have more "soft" tunes, but really, each cd is pretty awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By topaz on November 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Each time I listen to this, I feel happy! I first heard this in a store, and I immediately asked what was playing! This cd is great for people who love to travel.
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