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Together by Gina Sing

Together by Gina Sing

Fall 2010 Music
Ages: Infant - 7 yrs.
Producer: Gina Samardge
CD Price: $15.00

Singer Gina Samardge has been performing and teaching music in the New York City area since her arrival there in 2002. She grew up singing and dancing at local theaters in Central Ohio. After graduating with a degree in music and doing a short stint living and performing in Cleveland, she spent nearly a year traveling around the world to such places as Germany, Japan, Thailand, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Samardge brings these World Music influences into TOGETHER by Gina Sing, her second CD for children. Samardge is a gifted vocalist who draws primarily on traditional material. She leads a very tuneful children's chorus through songs such as the West Indian "Tingalayo," the classic campfire tune "I Love the Mountains," the American folk tune "Head n' Shoulders, Baby," and the traditional Hispanic "Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica." Elsewhere, she and the children tackle Bill Staines' classic "All God's Creatures," the English traditional sound making song "Dr. Knickerbocker," and the lovely Liberian folk tune "Take Time in Life." Samardge expertly plays guitar, accordion, banjo and percussion, and an excellent group of musicians backs her on percussion, flute and fiddle. Handsome and ecologically conscious packaging round out this highly enjoyable half hour of culturally diverse music; which any family should appreciate.

Lahri Bond   ©2010 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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