Putumayo invites children of all ages on a fun and educational musical journey through Latin America with Latin Playground, a collection of upbeat songs by well-known artists from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and more. Putumayo’s highly successful and critically acclaimed World Playground series of world music for kids has introduced children to world music from more than 20 countries and Latin Playground continues in the same tradition.The release of Latin Playground continues Putumayo’s commitment to fostering multicultural awareness and education through music.
Latin Playground features appealing songs by some of Latin America’s most respected performers including Omara Portuondo (Cuba),Flaco Jimenez (USA/Tex-Mex),Cubanisimo (Cuba),Lila Downs(Mexico),Ruben Rada (Uruguay),Rudy Regalado (Venezuela), Carmen González (Ecuador),Terri Hendrix (USA), Jose González (Puerto Rico), Los 50 de Joselito (Colombia), and Nazaré Pereira(Brazil). Popular Latin American music styles are presented in a fun and accessible format.
Latin Playground is a wonderful way to celebrate and discover the richness and beauty of Latin American music and culture. With songs selected to appeal to a wide variety of listeners, from toddlers to grown-ups, Latin Playground is a musical fiesta for all ages that you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy.
Latin Playground’s entertaining and informative liner notes are in English and Spanish, include song lyrics, and Nicola Heindl’s endearing, colorful illustrations. Each song is accompanied with easy-to-read information about the country of origin, the style of music, fun facts and interesting information that will enhance the listener’s interest in the cultures where the music is from. International pressings of Latin Playground will feature a multi-lingual insert with translations of the liner notes into French, German, and Italian.
After its release in 1999, World Playground earned rave reviews and numerous awards including theParents’ Choice 1999 Silver Honor Award, National Parenting Publications (NAPPA) 1999 Gold Award, 1999 Parents’ Guide to Children’s Media Award as “an outstanding collection of music for children and adults,” and it was selected the “Best of 99” by Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine.
Putumayo’s growing commitment to multicultural education has led to the establishment of a Putumayo Foundation in March 2002.The Putumayo Foundation Cross-Cultural Initiative addresses the need to introduce children and families to world cultures in positive and educationally stimulating ways that promote cross-cultural harmony, community building, global citizenship, and world peace.The Foundation also aims to assist schools, cultural institutions, and other providers of services for children and families in re-introducing or strengthening the arts in education for improved literacy and the enrichment of core academic subjects