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New Orleans Playground
Genres: Pop, R&B, Children's Music
New Orleans is one of the world's great cultural crossroads, and children who grow up there are literally steeped in the music of the city. With its frequent parades, festivals and non-stop music-making, the sounds of t... more »
New Orleans is one of the world's great cultural crossroads, and children who grow up there are literally steeped in the music of the city. With its frequent parades, festivals and non-stop music-making, the sounds of the Crescent City can be heard in every nook and cranny. Charmaine Neville, a member of the famed New Orleans musical family, performs a version of the classic jazz parade song, Second Line. Another song, They All Ask'd for You, performed by The Meters, is known widely in New Orleans as The Audubon Zoo song, one of the first tunes New Orleans kids learn. And Lee Dorsey's rousing 1961 hit song Ya Ya is actually based on a popular New Orleans playground rhyme about waiting for somebody who is late. Grownups will also appreciate the range of world-renowned artists featured on New Orleans Playground. From Clifton Chenier's Choo Choo Ch'Boogie to tunes by Fats Domino and Dr. John, these are engaging, singable songs for all ages. Kermit Ruffins is joined by a chorus of his own children on his tune Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Hack Bartholomew, a New Orleans street entertainer, ends the CD with a rousing version of the all-time favorite, When the Saints Go Marchin In. Full-color liner notes include song and artist information in English, Spanish, French and German. As part of Putumayo's on-going commitment to helping revive and rebuild the musical culture of New Orleans, a portion of Putumayo's proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to the Louisiana Children's Museum to help create a New Orleans music exhibit there.
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This is one for the whole family, grandma and all!
Melanie Wilson | USA | 12/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"New Orleans Playgroun is a collection of classic New Orleans favorites that demonstrate to children the complexity and variety of music from the Creole and Cajun cultures. The vibrant, colorful atmosphere of southern Louisiana is apparent in these lively tracks and the upbeat tunes appeal naturally to kids. New Orleans Playgroun is an enjoyable way to teach young children about New Orleans culture, unique musical instruments, and American music history.
Some of the songs introduce youngsters to musicians from an earlier generation with a focus on the 1920s and 1950s. Parents and grandparents will enjoy listening to Fats Domino and Chris Kenner with little ones. Despite the fact the music is fast and jazzy, it is still easy for young children to sing along. Children are bound to get hooked on the catchy lyrics and simple rhythms. Listening to this CD is a fun way for children to learn about American music, and the songs on New Orleans Playgroun, are authentic representations that kids of all ages can appreciate. Personally, I've enjoyed listening to New Orleans Playground for several nights in a row.
The songs are more adventurous than juvenile, with the innovative vocals on Clarence "Frogman" Henry's "Ain't Got No Home" and the smacking lips on Fats Domino's "Whole Lotta Lovin." In "Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner" listeners are treated to a wonderful performance by Kermit Ruffins with his daughters, Christina and Neshia. There is also a plucky blues version of "Row Row Your Boat" by Dr. John and the CD finishes with the timeless "When the Saints Go Marchin' In," a hallmark of New Orleans jazz parades.
By purchasing New Orleans Playground adults also have the opportunity to teach children about philanthropy and charitable giving. Sales from New Orleans Playground will be donated to the Louisiana Children's Museum in support of a New Orleans music exhibit.-Elizabeth Whitmore"
I love this CD!
momof2boys | frisco, tx | 04/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD for my 2-yr-old son and we both LOVE it. We listen to it several times a week and it gets both of us dancing. My husband really likes it, too."