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Can a fun kid's record also teach multicultural lessons? That's the premise of Putumayo's World Playground, a new CD compilation of children's songs from around the world. The songs, from Senegal, Jamaica, Australia, Greece, France, Canada and others, are in many languages but share a bouncy beat and lyrics full of childlike wonder and appreciation for the natural world. The brightly-colored booklet provides translations and puts the songs in cultural context. A favorite tune is the internationally infectious "Bongo Bong" by France's Manu Chao. It's about a bongo-playing monkey from the Congo who feels out of place when he moves to the city. A portion of the proceeds from the recording ($15.98 CD, $10.98 cassette) will be used to support arts and multicultural educational programs in schools. Putumayo, (800)995-9588.
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Author:Motavalli, Jim
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Nov 1, 1999
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