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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.Read more ›
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.
Buy this CD and have fun with your kids, dancing to the music of the world.
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I was so excited when I received this communication because my kids loved Animal Playground to death and I wanted something different. Read morePublished 3 months ago by tidleewinx
The first song is our favorite - great for dancing. Some of the songs are not quite what I expected for a children's CD, but we do love the variety.Published 5 months ago by Lisa S
All of my grandchildren have this cd, it is a must have for any child, no matter the age. I love the expression in their eyes when they hear the different songs, no better way to... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
My 18 month old daughter and I love this cd! It's one of our favorites.Published 11 months ago by KJA