“A catchy melody and a rhyming lyric invite singing along, no matter what the language,” That’s how Putumayo Kids describes its release of the latest in its acclaimed Playground collection, World Sing-Along. The new album includes 11 lively, easy to sing along with songs from artists around the world.
We love the Putumayo Playground series, with Folk Playground being our all time favorite. This new World Sing-Along album doesn’t disappoint. Frances England’s That’s What Friends Are For is our favorite on the album.
World Sing-Along also includes familiar tunes like Jorge Anaya s cumbia version of La Cucaracha, and the Fiddler’s Green Bush Band’s arrangement of Waltzing Matilda as well as Father Goose (of Dan Zanes fame) Jamaican rendition of the American folk song Jig Jog Jee. Speaking of Dan Zanes, he’s featured on that song as well as Jamaican Farewell, which he performs with Anjelique Kidjo. As they sing along, kids will learn a little Portuguese with the greeting song, Como Vai (by Brazilian artist Hélio Ziskind, some Spanish with Jorge Conde y Ola Fresca, with their salsa tune Pititi y Titi, and even A Little Mandarin with Shàng Xué G. Frances England, a favorite in the Gilmore home, and Asheba, are among the other familiar artists with songs featured on World Sing-Along. The album ends with an uplifting song, Around the World, performed by the Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Choir, whose members are refugee girls mostly from war-torn regions.
What makes Putumayo even better than the great music it puts out is its charity. The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to worthwhile non-profit organizations around the world. Putumayo World Music will contribute $5,000 from sales of World Sing-Along to Population Services International (PSI) in support of its Five & Alive campaign to ensure that all children have a healthy start to life, no matter where they are born.
CDs sell for $14.98 and can be purchased online or at many local stores.