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Animal Playground

Animal Playground

Fall 2007 Music
Ages: All Ages
CD Price: $14.98
Review:

Well known for it's stunningly produced and informative World Music compilations for both children and adults, Putumayo's latest release spotlights animal-based songs from thirteen different artists, and showcases many different musical styles. From the opening silliness of the appropriately named Wee Hairy Beasties from Chicago and their rendition of "Animal Crackers (in my Soup)," to the album's beautiful closer where the South African vocal group Lady Smith Black Mambazo croon a lovely rendition of "Mbube," the original version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" listeners are in for some animal magnetism.

Ears of all ages are treated to a Caribbean rendition of "No More Monkeys" by Asheba, an Italian language, swing version of "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" (here called "Nella Vecchia Fattoria") by Quartetto Cetra, and a beautiful South American song about birds ("Aves") by Guillermo Anderson. Other highlights include the Canadian songstresses The Be Good Tanyas performing an old time rendition of "The Littlest Birds," Gary Rosen's bluesy telling of "The Three Bears," a song about frogs by Portuguese singer Ze Renato, a jazz flavored tune about rhinos, a samba tune about crocodiles, and an Australian song about snakes.

Be sure to pop the CD into the computer for the not-to-be-missed music video bonus of Asheba's "No More Monkeys."

Lahri Bond   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.

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