Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Now Available from Putumayo Kids -- World Sing-Along (Review and Giveaway)

Putumayo Kids Presents World Sing-Along
11 Tuneful Tracks from Around the World, Plus Dan Zanes and other top U.S. Artists; CD sales Benefit International “Five and Alive” Project. 

World Sing-Along

"A catchy melody and a rhyming lyric invite singing along, no matter what the language.  Putumayo Kids is proud to announce the release of the latest in its acclaimed Playground collection, World Sing-Along. The new album, became available on CD October 30th and digitally from LeapFrog’s App Center on November 6th, and includes 11 lively songs from artists around the world. Colorfully illustrated liner notes feature information about each artist and song.
The Putumayo Kids team searched worldwide for songs that are easy to sing along with. World Sing-Along includes familiar tunes like Jorge Anaya’s cumbia version of “La Cucaracha,” and the Fiddler’s Green Bush Band’s sprightly arrangement of “Waltzing Matilda” as well as Father Goose’s Jamaican rendition of the American folk song “Jig Jog Jee.”  Top U.S. children’s music artist Dan Zanes is featured on that song as well as “Jamaican Farewell,” which he performs with Anjelique Kidjo.  As they sing along, kids will learn a little Portuguese with the greeting song, “Como Vai” (by Brazilian artist Hélio Ziskind, some Spanish with Jorge Conde y Ola Fresca, with their salsa tune “Pititi y Titi,” and even “A Little Mandarin” with Shàng Xué Gē . Frances England and Asheba, are among the other familiar artists with songs featured on World Sing-Along.
This vibrant album is capped with a particularly uplifting song, “Around the World,” performed by the Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Choir, whose members are refugee girls mostly from war-torn regions.
Putumayo World Music will contribute $5,000 from sales of World Sing-Along during the period October 2012 through October 2014 to Population Services International (PSI) in support of its Five & Alive® campaign to ensure that all children have a healthy start to life, no matter where they are born. For more information about PSI, please visit www.psi.org.
Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to the world through engaging international music, books and other media. For more information about Putumayo Kids releases and events, visit www.putumayokids.com."

World Sing-Along Track Listing
  1. Jorge Anaya – “La Cucaracha” (El Salvador/USA)
  2. Fiddler’s Green Bush Band – “Waltzing Matilda” (Australia)
  3. Hélio Ziskind – “Como Vai?”               (Brazil)
  4. Asheba – “Ah Sailor” (Trinidad/USA)
  5. Roland Zoss – “Krokodil” (Switzerland)
  6. Frances England – “That’s What Friends Are For” (USA)
  7. A Little Mandarin – “Going To School Song (Shàng Xué Gē)” (China/USA)
  8. Father Goose feat. Screechy Dan & Dan Zanes – “Jig Jog Gee”(Jamaica/USA)
  9. Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca – “Pititi Y Titi (Spanish) (Putumayo Version)”  USA/Cuba)
  10. Dan Zanes feat. Angelique Kidjo – “Jamaica Farewell” (USA/Benin)
  11. Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Choir – “Around the World” (Various)

My Thoughts:

This is my third CD that I reviewed by Putumayo Kids, with the most recent one being Instrumental Dreamland, which we still listen to at bedtime and in the car.   If you have young children and look for ways to expose them to other cultures through music, then you will want to check out Putumayo Kids.  

With my husband from El Salvador, and our two daughters being half Latino, we both make an effort to expose them to both American and Latin American traditions, foods, cultures, music, etc.  I remember when the girls were still in the womb, my husband would sing “La Cucaracha" to them, so that they would be familiar with his voice.  Funny choice of song, huh?  Well, his mother and older sister used to sing this to him when he was little, and wanted to pass along a childhood favorite song, which has also become popular here in the US.

So, when I received a review copy of World Sing-Along, I couldn't help but smile when I was this song was the first track on the CD.  As the girls were playing in the living room the other day, I put this CD on.  Usually when they hear new music, they will listen and then either react by dancing or tuning it out.  I am happy to say that they both Savannah and Arabella got up and danced around to the first track, and continued most of the way through the CD.  They only stopped when Papa came to visit.  Then, as they sat with him on the couch, they bounced their feet around, and let out a few claps.

In addition to “La Cucaracha,”both the girls and I enjoyed "Father Goose" feat. Screechy Dan & Dan Zanes, as we are huge fans of Dan Zanes.  :-) I love how this CD included a musical offering from various parts of the World, helping to exposure young children to the different sounds and rhythms.  And, what a way to wrap up our trip around the World with the Putumayo Kids than by ending with Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Choir  singing “Around the World." This song is definitely one worth listening to over and over again.  

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this CD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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