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Smilin' Island of Song

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Who better to conduct a kids'-eye tour of Jamaica, and its music and culture, than the mother of reggae legend Bob Marley? If Cedella Marley Booker, or "Mother B" as she prefers to be known, doesn't have you calling your travel agent after a single listen, we'll be mighty surprised. Booker shows a preteen friend -- and, by extension, the listeners -- the sights and sounds of her native Caribbean isle, focusing on children's songs she taught young Bob himself, like "Colon Man" and "Brown Girl in the Ring." Mother B also performs what is probably her son's most child-friendly tune ever, "Three Little Birds." Its timeless, sunnily reassuring chorus -- "Don't worry/About a thing/'Cause every little ting's/Gonna be all ...
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Who better to conduct a kids'-eye tour of Jamaica, and its music and culture, than the mother of reggae legend Bob Marley? If Cedella Marley Booker, or "Mother B" as she prefers to be known, doesn't have you calling your travel agent after a single listen, we'll be mighty surprised. Booker shows a preteen friend -- and, by extension, the listeners -- the sights and sounds of her native Caribbean isle, focusing on children's songs she taught young Bob himself, like "Colon Man" and "Brown Girl in the Ring." Mother B also performs what is probably her son's most child-friendly tune ever, "Three Little Birds." Its timeless, sunnily reassuring chorus -- "Don't worry/About a thing/'Cause every little ting's/Gonna be all right" -- is a tonic for grownup souls as well.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Smilin' Island of Song is a musical tour of Jamaica hosted by Cedella Marley-Booker mother of the late Bob Marley, is nowhere near as fun as it should be. As the disc begins, we join a young girl named Jenny on her trip to visit Mother Booker in Jamaica, where we'll meet various human and animal personalities as we journey around the island. The music is great, a sort of reggae/calypso fusion with traditional folksongs that kids will love. But the between-song patter that links the tunes together is difficult to follow and sometimes downright obnoxious -- one of the characters, an unidentified animal whose name seems to be Mattie, punctuates everything he says with a nerve-shredding hyena laugh. The album's highlights are provided by multi-instrumentalist David Lindley and the wonderful singing of Taj Mahal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/1992
  • Label: Music Little People
  • UPC: 093624252122
  • Catalog Number: 42521
  • Sales rank: 337,600

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cedella Marley Booker Primary Artist, Vocals
Cedella Marley Indexed Contributor
Taj Mahal Guitar, Vocals
David Lindley Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Par Cockett Guitar, Ukulele
Warren Dennis Synthesizer
Poncho Graham Bass Guitar
Rita Lackey Background Vocals
Kandice Love Vocals, Background Vocals
Fred Lunt Slide Guitar
Imani Nyah Vocals
Jim Rothermel Clarinet, Recorder, Soprano Saxophone, Whistle (Instrument), Penny Whistle
Kester Smith Conga, Drums, Triangle, Hand Clapping, cowbell, Cabasa
Patrick Cockett Ukulele, Slack Key Guitar
Winston "Horseman" Williams Voices
Technical Credits
Taj Mahal Producer
Erik Darling Composer
Nick Drake Composer
Alan Arkin Composer
Bob Carey Composer
Terry Kath Composer
Leib Ostrow Producer
Kester Smith Arranger
A. Reid Reynolds Art Direction
Traditional Composer
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