World Playground: A Musical Adventure for Kids the first Putumayo children's CD features great songs from around the world that the family can enjoy together. This CD takes children and parents on a musical joureny to faraway places hwere they are introduced to people and places aound the world. Includes tracks by Toure Kunda, Colibri, Cedella Brooker-Marley w/ Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco, Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca and more!
This anthology of children-related tracks originates from the globally conscious Putamayo Records catalog. Artists from Africa (Senegal's Touré Kunda
, Congo's Ricardo Lemvo
), Europe (France's Manu Chao
), the Caribbean (Jamaica's Cedella Marley Booker
), North America (Buckwheat Zydeco
and Eric Bibb
from the U.S.; Canada's Teresa Doyle), South America (Brazil's Nazaré Pereira), and Australia (Trevor Adamson) offer tracks, and while the styles and moods vary, the album gels excellently. Even if the multicontinent angle strikes you as too catholic, it bears reiterating that this is a "playground" session, a collection that begins with a Senegalese in-line dance and continues through "Mardi Gras Mambo," a bongo-playing French monkey, and much more. And while the songs are playful, there's nothing in the way of tossed-off music. It's all first-rate, with the artists at the top of their games. --Andrew Bartlett