Rough Guide to World Lullabies

The Rough Guide to World Lullabies

     
 
Lullabies have been around about as long as humanity itself, a way of soothing children and sending them to sleep -- a form of protection, if you will, and reassurance. They're not limited to any one culture, as this album firmly demonstrates; they're very much a global form. A number of the lullabies here are traditional, like "Drume Negrita," an Afro-Cuban song from

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Lullabies have been around about as long as humanity itself, a way of soothing children and sending them to sleep -- a form of protection, if you will, and reassurance. They're not limited to any one culture, as this album firmly demonstrates; they're very much a global form. A number of the lullabies here are traditional, like "Drume Negrita," an Afro-Cuban song from Omara Portuando, or Anghjula Potentini and the Corsican "Ciucciarella," both of which share the same mood. The late Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré recorded several times with kora genius Toumani Diabaté, and one fruit of that collaboration, "Naweye Toro," fits perfectly here, soft and dreamy, but on further listening, it reveals a complex musical conversation that's satisfying on many levels. Moving to more contemporary sounds, Brazil's Axial have traces of their native land, along with Haiti, some gentle electronica, and found sound in "Torre Das Mercês," a superb modern-day lullaby. From Israel to Armenia, Madagascar to the U.S., Colombia to Zimbabwe, the music offers perfect proof that the lullaby is very much a living musical art form. The bonus disc from Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi 5 fits perfectly with its lulling a cappella sound.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2011
Label:
World Music Network
UPC:
0605633125528
catalogNumber:
331255
Rank:
229312

Tracks

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Ali Farka Touré   Arranger
Eddie Lund   Composer
Talitha MacKenzie   Composer
Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo   Composer
Toumani Diabaté   Arranger
Michael H. Goldsen   Composer
Teresa Doyle   Arranger
Chava Alberstein   Arranger,Composer
Rachel Shapira   Composer
Lucilla Galeazzi   Composer
Traditional   Composer
E. Grenet   Composer
Harold Hagopian   Arranger
Julian Felipe   Arranger
Irène Rognier   translation
Dan Rosenberg   Sleeve Notes
Isaac Gómez Martel   translation
Anna Shternshis   Sleeve Notes
Valentino Paparelli   Composer
Netsayi Chigwendere   Arranger
Marco Gatti   Arranger

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