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Download: The Rough Guide to World Music for Children

From infectious African rhythms and Latin grooves to far-flung gems, from Indian and Chinese cultures, this is an album guaranteed to broaden a child's musical horizons. Released May 2019.
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01 Nuru Kane: Afrika 03:34
02 Sierra Maestra: A La Loma De Beln 03:22
03 Shanren: Bi Li Tong 02:28
04 Mory Kant: Mama 05:03
05 Vakoka: Era 03:47
06 Spam Allstars: Campanario 64 06:30
07 Jaipur Kawa Brass Band: Laal Laal Gaal Jaan Ke Hain Laagu 03:01
08 Orchestre D'essono With Sally Nyolo: La Vie 04:33
09 Kyle Carey featuring Rhiannon Giddens: Sios Dhan an Abhainn 04:43
10 Colombiafrica - The Mystic Orchestra: No Habla Na' 04:43
11 Anandi Bhattacharya: Maya's Dream (Kalavati) 05:51
12 Horse Radio: Boom Bur Jaan 03:56
13 Syran Mbenza & Ensemble Rumba Kongo: Mbanda Nasali Nini? (Madeleine) 05:08
14 She'Koyokh: Ghili Bengaili 02:21
15 David Darling & The Wulu Bunun: Ku-Isa Tama Laug 02:12
16 Steve Tilston: Let Your Banjo Ring 04:52
17 Ren Lacaille: Ogardanou 02:42
18 Eyuphuro: Othiawene 04:36

With an upbeat emphasis throughout, this musical odyssey will transport listeners young and old to far-flung destinations from Calcutta to Colombia and beyond, providing a perfect introduction to a glorious world of music, largely overlooked and hidden from younger ears in our increasingly homogeneous societies. Children's brains are like sponges that soak up everything around them and are far more open to hear new things than adults, who're often too quick to assume that certain types of music are not "child-friendly". As is often the case, a grown-up is unlikely to like a piece of music if they haven't had previous exposure to something similar in childhood, therefore the more types of music children hear, the more they will adopt an open-minded and receptive approach later in life. The value of introducing children to music from different parts of the world cannot be overemphasized, as it provides the perfect window through which children can learn and recognize differences between cultures. With that in mind, this collection draws on vastly different musical styles from infectious African rhythms and Latin grooves to far-flung gems from Indian and Chinese cultures. None of these tracks were written specifically with children in mind, however there are certain songs which had unanimous popularity with a junior panel such as Nuru Kane's classic opener 'Afrika' and Chinese folk/rockers Shanren's 'Bi Li Tong', with the good time vibe resonating with young listeners. Although this collection is on the one hand a child-friendly approach to a world of music, we made sure that the rawness and spirit of any given style was not compromised, hence the inclusion of the rip-roaring instrumentals by klezmer virtuosos She'Koyokh and the avant-garde accordionist Ren Lacaille, an artist who is the musical embodiment of the unique Creole culture of the Indian Ocean island of La Runion. Things become yet more riotous with the Jaipur Kawa Brass band as they march full steam ahead into your eardrums, re-interpreting the Indian brass band tradition dating back to the 1750s.

Released May 2019.

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