The Putumayo Latin Playground music will get the dance party started 100% of the time! It 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 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.
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 and include 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.
A portion of Putumayo’s proceeds from the sale of Latin Playground will be donated to the Genesis Foundation in support of their efforts to provide the tools for a successful future to disadvantaged Latin American children.
All around the world we go! Putumayo Kids presents Kids World Party, a global medley of fun tunes from Trinidad to South Africa. Kids World Party marks a special partnership with Amnesty International,
with 50 cents 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 an eco-friendly package that
uses no plastic.
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 contributes the calypso-infused “Recess Time.”
Swiss singer Famara celebrates East African life in Swahili on “Mambo Saana.” Hawaiian singer Solanna 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 Pakita
charms with “Préparons-nous pour la fête” (Let’s Get Ready for the
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).
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.”
The Putumayo American Playground celebrates all the classic songs our children learn in preschool. It is a celebration of the music that helped create and distill the
American dream, and this fine new CD is a welcomed reminder of simpler
times, when America itself was growing up.”
Just in time for the 4th of July, summer birthday parties and road trips, Putumayo Kids presents lively and fresh renditions of America’s treasure trove of classic sing-along songs: American Playground.
The new, colorfully gift-packaged album is the latest in the acclaimed
Playground series of upbeat family music, released as Putumayo World
Music begins to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Kicking off the sing-along fun is the traditional “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” from Seattle-based roots artist Johnny Bregar, recorded especially for this album. Texas-based country-Western artist Aaron Watson (with Elizabeth McQueen) delivers a sunny version of the classic “Blue Skies.” Other featured artists are some of the top names in family music: Dan Zanes (with Barbara Brousal) performs the bluegrassy folk tune “Saro Jane,” Elizabeth Mitchell sings “Keep on the Sunny Side,” Buck Howdy delivers a cowboy-style “You Are My Sunshine,” Victor Johnson provides a spare and sweet rendition of “This Little Light of Mine,” Randy Kaplan covers Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”(originally written for his own child), and Phil Rosenthal
and his band invite everyone to sing along with Woody Guthrie’s classic
“This Land Is Your Land.” Kids and parents alike will also enjoy
singing along with tunes like “Oh Susannah” (Diane Taraz) and “We All Need More Kindness in This World” (Guy Davis), an example of an original song that is sure to be a favorite for its singable, positive refrain.
American Playground includes 20 pages of
colorful and informative liner notes, historical kid-friendly
information about the songs that enhance the great American story, plus
details about each featured artist.
Reggae music is such a happy music and Putumayo made this joyous collection for kids and their families features a festive
selection of tunes that reflect the crossover appeal and worldwide
influence of reggae – a genre that is beloved all over the globe.
Reggae Playground presents renowned artists from reggae’s birthplace of Jamaica. Judy Mowatt,
a former backing vocalist for Bob Marley and respected solo artist,
invites listeners to get moving with her rousing “Let’s Dance.” The
Jamaican reggae arrangement of the Burning Souls’ rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” demonstrate the adaptability of this infectious beat to almost any tune.
Other artists from diverse musical traditions who have adopted the reggae style and made it their own are also featured on Reggae Playground. For example, Johnny Dread, an artist of Cuban heritage who now lives in Miami, sings about “Rootsman Dread,” a colorful figure beloved by children. Jessica, from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, displays the popular blending of traditional sega music with reggae. Asheba,
an artist who hails from Trinidad and is known for his Caribbean songs
for young children, performs a “Happy Day.” The popularity of reggae in
places as diverse as the United States (Eric Bibb), Brazil (Kal dos Santos), and even Indonesia (Tony Q Rastafara) is also demonstrated here.
Since children of all nationalities are
fascinated by animals, Putumayo found it only natural to create a
collection of exceptional songs featuring animal themes and folklore
from across the globe. The 11 tracks on the album will guide listeners
on a journey that begins in North America and ends in Africa without
skipping a beat in between. Music fans of all ages will want to jump,
hop and sing along to the playful, upbeat melodies of Animal Playground.
Discover the extraordinary world of music along with your little ones with these colorful renditions from Putumayo! Each album features contemporary music from a different region of the world complete with beautiful album artwork on the cover. In addition, the company has a commitment to helping communities where the music originates, which has led the Putumayo contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations world wide.