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Rock Your World Kids! Vol. 1

Rock Your World Kids! Vol. 1

Fall 2017 Music
Ages: Infant - 8 yrs.
CD Price: $15.00

French born, upstate New Yorker Armelle Gloaguen, an educator, singer/songwriter and guitarist, gathers together eleven traditional and four originals that celebrate multiculturalism and diversity. Included are traditional indigenous songs such as the Iroquois chant "Ani Couni," the mouth harp driven "Epo E Tai Tai E" from New Zealand, and the percussive "Palamina Poyo" from Sierra Leone. From Fance we hear the lovely acoustic guitars of "Colchiques Dans Les Prés"; the sing-song accordion melody and chicken calls of "Giro Giro Tondo" from Italy, and the bouncy "San To Ki" from Korea. Gloaguen covers well the heroic tale of "Rêve Massaï," and Jim Kimball's "Rainwater." Successful originals include "Native Beat (Native American Theme)," and the rich and charming "Spring Scarf Trail." Gloaguen expertly handles the many languages she sings in, and her instrumental backing, particularly the multi-talented multi-instrumentalist Matthew Bauer, is top notch. While she does note the country of origin of each song, the minimalist packaging leaves no room for any meaningful explanation. Likewise, lyrics and background information about the songs are missing from her website. For this CD, these essential yet missing components limit the multicultural goal of the album.

Lahri Bond   ©2017 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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