World Music for Little Ears

World Music for Little Ears

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This charming compilation of 16 international children's songs is a delight from beginning to end. You'll hear a variety of soothing lullabies sung in the performers' native languages; these "go to sleep" tunes are usually accompanied only by the sweet sounds of the guitar. "Siglalagala," sung by Anindo with a jaunty Kenyan harp accompaniment,

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This charming compilation of 16 international children's songs is a delight from beginning to end. You'll hear a variety of soothing lullabies sung in the performers' native languages; these "go to sleep" tunes are usually accompanied only by the sweet sounds of the guitar. "Siglalagala," sung by Anindo with a jaunty Kenyan harp accompaniment, accurately pinpoints many a parent's situtation: Your crying gives me a headache, so lie down and go to sleep. "Mi Gysbi Di' Maban," by Plethyn, is a rich Welsh lullaby sung in a cappella four-part harmony. Sounds of a soothing brook, the chuckles of the Brazilian murucututu owl, and the hypnotic cadence of the vibraphone help lull little ones to an imaginary paradise. "Diyore" is a humorous lament from Guinea about some unfortunate soul left with a crying baby. Where's the mom? Where's the dad? What to do? This song is performed by Abou Sylla, accompanied by the perky rhythms of the balafon, which might charge your baby up to play a clapping game. Another, "Soneca," is a funny Brazilian counting song about Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Of course, little ones won't understand the lyrics, but most of the songs offer simple sing-along words and endearing melodies; thanks to the excellent recording standards (these are not field recordings), it's all a joy on the ears. Also included are songs (and one lovely guitar instrumental) from Cuba, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Ireland, Zimbabwe, and the Hebrides. Check out the other albums in the series, too: African Lullaby, Latin Lullaby, Celtic Lullaby, and Brazilian Lullaby.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
World Music for Little Ears gathers lullabies from Ellipsis Arts' Lullaby Collection, including songs from Brazil, Latin America, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Africa. The liner notes include translations of the lyrics, emphasizing the universal nature of these charming goodnight melodies.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2000
Label:
Ellipsis Arts
UPC:
0052296426026
catalogNumber:
964260

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stella Chiweshe   Track Performer
Cathal McConnell   Flute,Human Whistle
Pepe Castillo   Track Performer
Plethyn   Track Performer
Huey "Piano" Smith   Keyboards
Ricardo Cobo   Guitar
Padraigin Ni Uallachain   Vocals
NtombKhona Diamini   Vocals
Didi Gutman   Keyboards
Geraldo Leite   Track Performer
Garry Ó Briain   Guitar,Mandolin,Track Performer
Jac Gittins   Vocals
Nelie Lebrón Robles   Track Performer
Arnaldo Antunes   Track Performer
Abou Sylla   Vocals,Balafon
Mônica Salmaso   Track Performer
Paulo Tatit-Pilao   Guitar,Keyboards
Anindo   Vocals
Mariama Camara   Background Vocals
Mouminatou Camara   Background Vocals
Roy Griffiths   Vocals (Rhythm)
Linda Healy   Vocals
Xiomara Laugart   Keyboards
Ryan MacNeil   Keyboards,tin whistle
Tudor Morgan   Guitar,Vocals
Nyatiti   Harp
Sandra Peres   Flute,Piano,Keyboards
Andre Pinheiro   Vibes
Magda Pucci   Vocals
Lily Swan   Harp
Margo Carruthers   Vocals
Zaba Moreau   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Leo Brouwer   Arranger
Brian Harding   Engineer
Toni Adonis   Engineer
Dante Buzetti   Engineer
Jimmy Mgwandi   Producer
Traditional   Composer

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World Music for Little Ears 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a teacher and often play this CD during class. My 3rd graders LOVE the songs, and have begun to sing along although they don't understand many of the lyrics...it sets a wonderful tone. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!