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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to other cultures through great international music. The label grew out of the Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Putumayo has become known for its upbeat, melodic compilations of world and American roots music characterized by the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • Audio CD (25 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo
  • ASIN: B000087DRR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,001 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13. Langa Mo - Aura Msimang

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Putumayo's award-winning Playground series of world music CDs for children travels to Africa, a continent that is exuberantly rich in music and culture. African Playground is filled with great songs by artists from Senegal to South Africa, including a previously unreleased track by world music superstar Angelique Kidjo. Children and their families will love the upbeat rhythms and appealing melodies on this musical tour. Parents and educators will appreciate the accessible cultural information and musical fun facts. African Playground includes entertaining and informative multi-lingual liner notes, song lyrics, cultural information, a music glossary and colourful illustrations. Awards: 2004 ALA/ALSC Notable Recordings for Children Award 2003 Parents’ Choice Gold Award "DiscoverySchool.com" 5-star Award of Excellence NAPPA Gold Award 2003

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jun. 2003
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My two children (3 and 5 years old)took an instant liking to the music on this compilation album. The upbeat rhythms and catchy tunes were instantly likeable and they were soon dancing around the room. An appealing aspect of the music is the simplicity of many of the lyrics. "Jambo Bwana" soon became my kids' favourite as it is easy to sing the simple lyrics, and with help from the CD booklet I was able to sing along and tell them the meaning of the words. "Mbube" is another favourite; the adults listening to it may recognise the tune as it became a popular song in English ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). The booklet which goes with it has some pictures of African children and instruments and child friendly information on the music. A great introduction to the music of the continent, for any child.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Cleary on 9 Nov. 2009
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This is a real treat for children and adults alike. If you want to feel soaked in the African exuberant spirit then this is the CD for you. We play it a lot and often play it in our van on the way to gymnastics on a saturday morning to get the kids in the mood and to do some warm ups, shaking their hands, heads, wiggling their toes etc... It never fails to properly wake us all up and put us in a cheerful mood.

It is enlivening and beautiful music for children without being patronising or dumbed down like some awful children's albums. Sheer magic. If you go on the Putumayo website, there are free downloads associated with the album, and info on the awards it has won. The most exiting and easy way into understanding a culture is to feel it's rhythms - far more fun and important than learning facts and figures and geography as taught in textbooks - this will do much more to get your kids interested in Africa - it will get under their skin and breathe new life into them!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Katie Ross on 22 Sept. 2005
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I bought this CD when my daughter was only 3 months old - she loved it then and still loves it now at 8 months. When we travel in the car and she starts to get bored and fractious, this CD always calms her down - without fail. I like the fact that I can put on a CD that my husband will enjoy too - he tolerates nursery rhyme CDs but wouldn't choose to put them on - this is music he likes!! We listen to a lot of world music anyway but it's good to have this CD for our baby as we can singalong and the tunes are great.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Child on 11 July 2009
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I purchased this for use in a primary classroom, with children studying Kenya. They really enjoyed it and we used it for drama. When the project was completed I decided to take it home, instead of claiming the cost from petty cash, as the music is so enjoyable. I would highly recommend it for cheerful listening or school use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mags on 25 Oct. 2010
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What an amazing CD. I have been teaching my Year 1's dance using Handa's Surprise as stimulus.The music really added to the dance and even the children thought it was amazing. Even the children commented on the music which for 5 and 6 year olds is something.
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By fp on 3 Dec. 2013
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I bought this for my 2 year old daughter who loves it! It is quite funky and we dance to it a lot. We are white british born and don't speak any african languages but we know all the lyrics and sing along - they are such catchy tunes! Lots of fun and just charming. We like all the Putumayo series, but this one is our favourite from both the childrens and adults lists.
Highly recommended! Great value for money.
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By SC on 29 Aug. 2012
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This CD is fantastic for children. I've used it with both primary school children and in a nursery setting, and the children couldn't help but dance and sing along. It didn't take them long to pick up some of the words and start singing in Swahili! This CD is fun and gives a good introduction to African music. I would definately recommend to everyone.
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By miss N Tharraleos on 3 April 2013
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Another fantasic one from this collection - I'd like to get all of them one day! Brilliant catchy songs and my 4 year old and all her friends of all ages loveit and have learnt some great Swahili from listening to it. totally recommend and they are brilliant for kids parties.
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