World Playground: A Musical Adventure for Kids

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Kids can be a pretty discerning audience -- and uncompromisingly critical. But young music appreciators will find nothing to complain about with this collection. No nursery rhymes here; this is adult world music by international stars -- Taj Mahal, Ricardo Lemvo, Buckwheat Zydeco, even French anarchist rocker Manu Chao (!) Performing their most engaging, tuneful, songs, the artists here paint a luminous, friendly picture of our musical planet. The colorful liner notes boast lyrics and translations for kids, and even a bit of polysyllabic multicultural theory for the little ones.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Kids can be a pretty discerning audience -- and uncompromisingly critical. But young music appreciators will find nothing to complain about with this collection. No nursery rhymes here; this is adult world music by international stars -- Taj Mahal, Ricardo Lemvo, Buckwheat Zydeco, even French anarchist rocker Manu Chao (!) Performing their most engaging, tuneful, songs, the artists here paint a luminous, friendly picture of our musical planet. The colorful liner notes boast lyrics and translations for kids, and even a bit of polysyllabic multicultural theory for the little ones.
All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In the United States, children's music can be extremely sophomoric -- much of it is stuff that no one over the age of ten would want to listen to. But in other countries, children's music isn't necessarily childish. Offering a wide variety of children-friendly world music, Putumayo's first World Playground compilation doesn't talk down to kids -- in fact, the 12-song CD is fairly sophisticated. One doesn't have to be under ten to appreciate the material on World Playground, which ranges from Greek rembetika Glykeria's "Tik Tik Tik" and African pop Touré Kunda's "Fatou Yo" to Bolivian/Andean music Colibri's "La Mariposa" and Louisiana zydeco Buckwheat Zydeco's "Mardi Gras Mambo". A man with very eclectic tastes, Putumayo founder Dan Storper is big on multiculturalism -- which explains why this disc contains salsa from the Congo Richard Lemvo's "Boom Boom Tarara" and Celtic music from Canada Teresa Doyle's "Home by Barna". In some cases, listeners might wonder what certain selections have to do with children's music. For example, was Lemvo really aiming at a preteen audience when he recorded "Boom Boom Tarara"? While this infectious gem -- which examines the history of Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms -- is children-friendly, it doesn't sound like it was written for kids specifically. Lemvo is telling people in general -- adults as well as teens and children -- that although Latin rhythms are popular in the U.S., listeners should know where they originated. But regardless of whether or not a particular song was written with children in mind, World Playground is an excellent compilation. Full of surprises and totally unpredictable, World Playground: A Musical Adventure for Kids isn't strictly for preteens -- this CD is recommended to world music enthusiasts of all ages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248015422
  • Catalog Number: 154
  • Sales rank: 9,734

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fatou Yo - Touré Kunda (3:55)
  2. 2 La Mariposa (1:43)
  3. 3 Three Little Birds - Cedella Marley Brooker (3:50)
  4. 4 Nyanpi Matilda (2:49)
  5. 5 Home By Barna (2:43)
  6. 6 Mardi Gras Mambo (2:43)
  7. 7 Tik Tik Tak (3:13)
  8. 8 Bongo Bong (2:55)
  9. 9 Boom Boom Tarara (4:47)
  10. 10 Bon Jour Pra Você (2:59)
  11. 11 Zichronot M'Africa (4:14)
  12. 12 Just Keep Goin' On - Needed Time (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Track Performer
Buckwheat Zydeco Track Performer
Cedella Marley Booker Track Performer
Touré Kunda Track Performer
Ricardo Lemvo Track Performer
Nazare Pereira Track Performer
Eric Bibb Track Performer
Teresa Doyle Track Performer
Manu Chao Track Performer
Shlomo Gronich Track Performer
Glykeria Track Performer
Needed Time Track Performer
Trevor Adamson Track Performer
Makina Loca Track Performer
Colibri Track Performer
Sheba Choir Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dan Storper Executive Producer
Nicola Heindl Illustration Concept
Daren Gill Mastering
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
Emily Lazar Mastering
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love This CD!

    I bought this cd 3 years ago when my daughter was born. We've played it over and over and over again and it's never gotten old for us as parents or for my kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply wonderful music!

    I bought this for my 10 month old daughter not knowing what to expect but hoping for music that we could both enjoy that wasn't too "childish". I find myself enjoying it as much as she does. I love learning the lyrics to songs in foreign languages. Each song is just so wonderfully performed. Every child and adult alike should own this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my kids are dancing

    I purchased this CD as fun background music for a "zoo" - themed birthday party. My boys - 5 and 2 - love dancing to the songs. My 5 year old likes finding out where the songs are from. I enjoy the rhythms, too.

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