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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 BartlettSee all Editorial Reviews
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What was interesting to me is that a good number of the songs are not particularly representative of the countries listed, but instead are amalgamations of 2 or more cultures. The Canadian song is a haunting Celtic song, the French song is actually in English and written by an immigrant, the Congolese song is done by a man who now lives in the US and has been greatly influenced by Latin music, the Ethiopian song is sung in Israel by those missing their homeland, and the Brazilian song is sung in Patois, a trade language used by those on the border with French Guiana to communicate with each other. It is truly WORLD music. The instrumentation behind the singing reflects the cultures represented and adds so much to the cd's appeal. I found that it took listening to more than once to really appreciate its charms. I would recommend it for all ages.
This CD is great for kids and adults alike. My kids really enjoy it, so it doesn't feel like something I'm artificially forcing on them, but something they're discovering for themselves. My three-year-old will ask for it, or put it on herself, and my toddler will "dance" to it and get both girls groovin' and laughing. When we're in the car, I'll put this CD on because it beats the heck out of Barney Songs or Kidsongs.
"Fatou Yo" is by far our favorite song. It reminds me of the spirit and energy combined with the smoothness of much of the Ghanaian music I've come to love. My husband, a Ghanaian purist, doesn't like it so much, I think because he doesn't understand the words. But to me, that's part of the enjoyment. Puntamayo provides translations of the songs, but I prefer the mystery of simply enjoying the song for the sounds and rhythms rather than the meaning of the words. In fact, the songs in English are my least favorite songs, although I still like all the songs. As the girls get older, I may read the lyrics, or they may choose to do so on their own, but for now, just hearing the different musical styles is enough.
This is a great introduction to world music with a wide, eclectic mix of music. It has inspired us to explore world music more in depth and I have recently ordered more Puntamayo discs, including Indian and Arabic music.
In short, if you've had enough of "The Wheels on the Bus" and you are looking to expand your child's (and even your own) musical horizons in a thoroughly enjoyable way, this CD is for you.
Buy this CD and have fun with your kids, dancing to the music of the world.