Putumayo Kids, a division of Putumayo World Music, announces the release of Kids World Party, a global medley of fun tunes from Trinidad to South Africa.
The CD launches a new Kids Party music series for the label, whose Playground and Dreamland music series have received honors from Parents’ Choice and other organizations. Kids World Party also marks a special partnership with Amnesty International, with 50¢ US from the sale of each CD going to the Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization in commemoration of its 50th anniversary and in support of its work to promote and protect human rights worldwide.
With the release of World Playground in 1999, Putumayo Kids established its children’s music collections as passports to learning about the world’s cultures. Kids World Party marks a return to these global roots with 12 fun, danceable songs accompanied by a multilingual (English, Spanish, French, German), child-friendly booklet that explores how children worldwide celebrate special occasions. The CD comes enclosed in a new eco-friendly package without a plastic tray.
Artists featured on Kids World Party include famed Indian pop and Bollywood singer Lucky Ali, who contributes “Kitni Haseen Zindagi,” a song that celebrates life. South Africa’s Sharon Katz and The Peace Train, whom Nelson Mandela appointed as a Cultural Ambassador of the nation, has thrilled international audiences with the beats and harmonies of their music, and delights listeners with “Sanalwami.” Trinidadian children’s musician Asheba, whose songs are featured on four other Putumayo Kids collections, contributes the calypso-infused “Recess Time.”
Swiss singer Famara celebrates East African life in Swahili on “Mambo Saana.” Hawaiian singerSolanna pays a reggae tribute to the childhood favorite “Oompa Loompa.” Italy’s Balentes, an all-female Sardinian group, contributes the playful dance tune “Cixiri” (Chickpeas), while France’s Pakitacharms with “Préparon-nous pour Faire la Fête” (Let’s Get Ready to Party). Representing Latin America is Mexican children’s group Monedita de Oro with “Nadie.” The infectious “Afro-Cuban Funk” of Cuban-American band PALO! is heard on their song “Quimbombó” (Okra), a music video of which will be featured on Putumayokids.com.
Also featured on Kids World Party is bilingual (English-French) singer Will Stroet, an award-winning Canadian musician whose song “Le boogie à vélo” tells children that you can boogie even while riding a bike safely. U.S. musicians Tom Freund and Friends performs the participatory song “Freezedance” and fellow American Eric Bibb rounds out the collection with Jackie Wilson’s classic soul tune “Higher and Higher.”
Latin Americans celebrate Christmas in many unique ways but one thing that is common everywhere is the importance of music. And, while Latin America has many regional Christmas songs, it’s also adopted many American and European holiday standards. Latin Christmas celebrates both regional and global classics interpreted in son, bossa nova and other Latin and Brazilian styles.