A catchy melody and a rhyming lyric invite singing along, no matter what the language. Putumayo Kids is proud to announce the release of the latest in its acclaimed Playground collection, World Sing-Along. The new album includes 11 lively songs from artists around the world. The Putumayo Kids team searched worldwide for songs that are easy to sing along with. World Sing-Along includes familiar tunes like Jorge Anaya s cumbia version of La Cucaracha, and the Fiddler s Green Bush Band s sprightly arrangement of Waltzing Matilda as well as Father Goose s Jamaican rendition of the American folk song Jig Jog Jee. Top U.S. children s music artist Dan Zanes is 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 and Asheba, are among the other familiar artists with songs featured on World Sing-Along. This vibrant album is capped with a particularly uplifting song, Around the World, performed by the Pihcintu Multicultural Children s Choir, whose members are refugee girls mostly from war-torn regions.
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.
Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to the world through engaging international music, books and other media. For more information about Putumayo Kids releases and events, visit www.putumayokids.com.”
Like many of the other albums by Putumayo, this one is sure to be loved by all. I really enjoy getting the opportunity to teach and introduce my children about other cultures in many ways, especially when it comes to music. Some say music is the universal langue and sometimes I believe perhaps that it truly is.
On World Sing-Along, there are many uplifting songs from all around the world that are easy for children of all ages to sing along with. My kids particularly liked “La Cucaracha” – Jorge Anaya & “Around the World” – Pihcintu Multinational Children’s Chorus. My four year old daughter said she liked to hear the instruments and thought that the CD was fun because it was so different that what she typically listens too. My 1 1/2 son just had fun dancing around while it was on.
Putumayo Kids is also pleased to announce the first-ever digital launch of 4 of its award-winning Playground CDs, in partnership with LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in educational entertainment for kids. European Playground, Jazz Playground and Cowboy Playground, plus a new release, European Playground, Jazz Playground andCowboy Playground are now available as full albums exclusively from LeapFrog’s App Center for Leapfrog’s award-winning multimedia platforms, LeapPad1 and the recently launched LeapPad2 and LeapsterGS. The upcoming release, World Sing-Along, will be available on November 6th. After the exclusive LeapFrog launch this fall, these albums will be available from select digital retailers in 2013.
This new partnership marks the first time Putumayo Kids albums will be offered digitally, giving LeapFrog exclusive digital distribution rights through 2012. After the exclusive LeapFrog launch this fall, these songs will be available from other digital retailers in 2013.
Putumayo is also pleased to offer its first photography calendar, Children of the World, featuring images of children from Africa, Asia and Latin America by renowned photographer Jon Kaplan. Ten percent of Putumayo’s sales of the calendar will be contributed to Seva (www.seva.org), a nonprofit organization which builds sustainable health programs that serve vulnerable populations around the world and help end preventable blindness, that has restored eyesight to more than 3 million people.