Songs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery RhymesSongs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

Songs from the Baobob:
African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes
"A nice way for you and your young ones to explore the world through music. Definitely one of the best kids' music CDs of 2011!"
Warren Truitt, Kidsmusic.About.com

Songs from the Baobob:
African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

Colorfully illustrated hardbound story book includes a CD featuring songs and chants performed by mothers and children, in 11 languages,
available for the first time in North America, from The Secret Mountain

Montreal, October 12, 2011 - The Secret Mountain is proud to announce the North American publication of an acclaimed book-and-CD set including 29 lullabies and soothing rhymes meant to soothe babies to sleep. Mothers and their children sing these pieces in eleven languages, representing the rich cultures of ten countries from the coasts of Senegal and Mali to the savannahs and forests of Rwanda and the Republic of the Congo. Songs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes is reaching retailers' shelves this month, in time for holiday gift-giving.
The book features colorful illustrations by Élodie Nouhen as well as full lyrics in the original languages, translated into English. A map and explanatory notes serve to make this an enchanting educational experience for adults as well as children.

Paris-based musician and educator Chantal Grosléziat recorded these pieces with singers from each culture. Paul Mindy arranged each piece with traditional instruments, including the kora, balafon, kalimba and rain sticks. The lullabies and rhymes make frequent references to animals and the natural world. For example, the Central African Republic lullaby “Dunga” urges the newborn to “take your strength from nature.” Family relationships, and in particular the loss of a parent, are find a place in these songs from cultures where disease, famine and war are part of everyday life. A song from Mauritania tells the baby, “your mother has gone to search for jujubes,” and a piece from Guinea evokes the sad fate of orphans, saying “Sali Wonde, nothing is eternal.”

The Secret Mountain is dedicated to the creation of children’s books, videos and music of the highest quality. The French imprint – La Montagne Secrète – is considered to be one of the most original and innovative children’s publishing houses in Canada and France.

64 pages. CD duration: 48 minutes.
Trade paper with CD. Full color illustrations, including one map.
Recommended ages: 5 to 7.
Suggested retail price: $16.95 (US)

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My Thoughts

I am always interested in other cultures and Songs from the Baobob: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes is right down my alley. Even though I do not understand the languages, I think it is a beautiful way to share in another countries customs. Please take time to go and listen to samples for yourself.

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Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received information and a sample CD through Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR.

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