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World Playground

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00000JT4P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jan on March 21, 2000
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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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ibochild on January 10, 2001
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Katya Reimann on May 8, 2001
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hendry VINE VOICE on June 8, 2000
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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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