The Rough Guide to World Lullabies

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2011
  • Label: World Music Network
  • UPC: 605633125528
  • Catalog Number: 331255
  • Sales rank: 187,660

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Drume Negrita - Omara Portuondo (4:36)
  2. 2 Tiare No Tahiti - Terii Tumahai (4:24)
  3. 3 Naweye Toro - Toumani Diabaté (4:24)
  4. 4 P’Tit Galop Our Mamou - Michael Doucet (2:47)
  5. 5 Torre Das Mercês - Axial (3:46)
  6. 6 Dodo Titite - Ginou Oriol (3:38)
  7. 7 Ciucciarella - Anghjula Potentini (3:55)
  8. 8 Hasheina Hi Metuka - Chava Alberstein (3:43)
  9. 9 Nazei Oror - Hasmik Harutyunyan (4:15)
  10. 10 Lu Gattu La Sonava La Zampogna - Lucilla Galeazzi (2:20)
  11. 11 Vorombazaha - Vakoka (4:48)
  12. 12 Mami Wata - Totó La Momposina (3:11)
  13. 13 Kuzanga - Netsayi (3:15)
  14. 14 A Chuachag Nam Beann - Teresa Doyle (4:37)
  15. 15 Théid Mi Dhachaigh - Talitha MacKenzie (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Khuluma Lami - Black Umfolosi (4:18)
  2. 2 Uthando - Black Umfolosi (4:34)
  3. 3 Me, Myself, I - Black Umfolosi (4:10)
  4. 4 Uma Sithethela - Black Umfolosi (4:10)
  5. 5 Ikhaya Elihle - Black Umfolosi (6:19)
  6. 6 Yes Lord - Black Umfolosi (3:35)
  7. 7 Sibongile - Black Umfolosi (4:15)
  8. 8 Summertime - Black Umfolosi (4:36)
  9. 9 Ungangishiyi - Black Umfolosi (4:52)
  10. 10 I Remember - Black Umfolosi (5:49)
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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
Laurence Cedar Mastering
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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