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World Playground

Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00000JT4P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Am Fatou - Toure Kunda
2. The Butterfly - Colibri
3. Three Little Birds - Cedella Marley Booker & Taj Mahal (Jamaica)
4. Waltzing Matilda - Trevor Adamson
5. Home By Barna - Teresa Doyle
6. Mardi Gras Mambo - Buckwheat Zydeco
7. Tik Tik Tik - Glykeria
8. Bongo Bong - Manu Chao
9. Boom Boom Tarara - Ricardo Lemvo/Makina Loca
10. Good Morning To You - Nazare Pereira
11. Memories Of Africa - Shlomo Gronich & The Sheba Choir
12. Just Keep Goin' On - Eric Bibb/Needed Time

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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

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful mix of rhythms and styles, languages and tunes! My 15 month old loves to dance to Fatu Yo, the song from Senegal. It is a pleasure to find a children's album that isn't sacchrine or monotonous. It is a delight!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun listening! March 21, 2000
By Jan
Format:Audio CD
I'm a preschool music teacher in the D.C. area, and I occasionally do in-store programs for area bookstores. One store asked me to put together a program using the Putomayo World Playground CD, since it had just been released. I had a hard time deciding what songs to feature, since my daughters (age 9 and 12) and I liked so many selections. Our favorites were Mardi Gras Mambo (which I used in preschool classes around Mardi Gras time, complete with shakers and masks!), and Boom Boom Tarara -- great rhythm for dancing and rhythm instruments. Actually, we also LOVED the slow version, in Aboriginese, of Waltzing Matilda -- we made up a dance, and our Junior Girl Scout troop used this music for an international program. Everyone loved it! The CD is packed with danceable music, and even babies and toddlers will respond to the exciting rhythms and melodies. Lots of fun, and not the same-old-thing for kids to listen to -- we LOVE World Playground!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great CD to foster an interest in world music for young people at home or in the classroom. It is also good to promote an appreciation for other cultures.
The collection of songs are very diverse and are sung in an array of languages. In addition to the four songs sung in English, you'll also hear songs sung in Spanish (two of them), Mandingo, Pitjantjatjara (an Aboriginal language), Greek, Portuguese and Hebrew.
The extensive liner notes take you through each song complete with lyrics and a story behind the song. If the song is not sung in English, the lyrics are provided both in English and the original language.
The liner notes are written in plain English, so that elementary school age children can understand them. For example, "Three Little Birds," performed by blues legend Taj Mahal and Cedella Marley Booker (Bob Marley's mother) is described as "a reggae song about three birds who sing a song of hope." [Of course the same song was made popular in the 1970's by Bob Marley & the Wailers.] Unusual words include pronounciation and many songs include a glossary as well. So not only can a child sing along, but her or she can learn what a "tuckerbag" (food sack) is or learn to pronounce Pitjantjatjara (piddin-JAH-ra).
Now what about the music you say? It's all first-rate. For little kids, the best tracks are probably, "Three Little Birds" and "Bongo Bong." The latter was recorded by Manu Chao from France (but recorded in English). Older kids might appreciate "Tik Tik Tik," sung in Greek by Glykeria. It describes the nervous feeling one has when he or she becomes infatuated with someone.
What's also nice about this CD is the diversity of themes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is simply a great mixture of all sorts of cool stuff. It's multi-layered: kids can enjoy it on one level, adults can maybe get a little deeper in the meanings behind some of the songs.
Take "Bongo Bong," a recording by Manu Chao from France. It's an upbeat, boppy song, just asking the listener to get up and move. But the theme--listen to the words, and it's bittersweet, about a silly little monkey who comes to the big city to share his music only to find that no one appreciates it, and if he wants to continue--he has to do it for himself, for the simple love of performance. I don't know anything about Manu Chao, but WOW that song is ridiculously moving.
And also great to dance to.
With some world music productions, the music starts to sound the same to me, or starts to hit the same note--or there's something in it that makes me think that the producer is well-meaning, but doesn't really understand the artists or what they are trying to do.
This CD--it's the kind of thing you can listen to over and over again, because each time you catch a new song, or play with a new level of meaning.
A lot of fun, and I am enjoying very much sharing it with my family.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much fun! March 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This cd is really fun for all ages - yes, including adults! (my 7 kids are between the ages of 1 and 13)We usually listen when we are in the van - and the kids often ask for several of the songs to be repeated. I like the diversity from tune to tune and that the selections are from around the world. This is a great choice if you want a refreshing change from the usual children's selection of music.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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If your kids love music, this is the CD for you. My kids love all kinds of music, and, although they are only 2 and 4, have gotten way past Raffi (thank goodness) and it is CDs like this one that have helped them get that way. My older daughter loves this CD so much, she brought it for show and tell so that her whole class could dance to it. This is a great introduction to all different kinds of music for your children. I discovered that my kids love Reggae from listening to this album. The best part about it is, I like listening to this stuff. It is definitely not "kids music" a la Raffi, Sesame Street, etc. The CD is clearly aimed at kids and has a colorfol booklet with all the lyrics that kids will enjoy looking at. I would probably give it 4 1/2 stars instead of 5 because there are one or two songs that are a little jarring, but it definitely deserves more than 4.
Buy this CD and have fun with your kids, dancing to the music of the world.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Expected more uplifting music. Did not like
Published 27 days ago by A. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars great listening and educational too
We have had this CD for almost 5 years now. I purchased this for my then almost 1 year old son. We have listened to this CD consistently over the years and the way we have listened... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Subramanian
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Do not like
Published 2 months ago by lady
5.0 out of 5 stars love love love
i have a 4 year old and a 7 year old daughter. they are adorable listening to this variety of music. it's great background playtime music
Published 4 months ago by mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful variety
This is one of 3 cd's I ordered together for my almost 3 yr old grand daughter. While it's her least favorite of the 3, she does love "dancing" to it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by grannieV
5.0 out of 5 stars My toddler loves this
This is a great collection of diverse, world music. It is dancable, and the words are included in case you want to try and pronunciate and sing along. Read more
Published 7 months ago by elizabeth davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite kid music CD
This is definitely one of the best kids CDs out there. Loved by kids and grownups, very interesting world music and the accompanying booklet tells you about each song.
Published 9 months ago by A. Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars World Playground
Purchased this for My Grandson who is 6. He loves all sorts of music from different countries. It was his thing and he loves it! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars great Putumayo
The music is fun for both adults and kids. I like the creative effort that is put into Putumayo's CD's
Published 13 months ago by j.o.
4.0 out of 5 stars I use this CD in my library.
I purchased this CD to play in my elementary library. The kids really like it and I like the variety of music.
Published 15 months ago by Susan DuBose
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