Dreamland

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World's lullabies bring slumber to little ones.

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What parents need to know

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This entire project is a celebration of diversity and connectedness.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album of lullabies is sung in various languages and is a model for understanding and diversity. Extensive liner notes detail the performers' backgrounds and the songs' origins.

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What's the story?

Putumayo World Music has assembled a winning collection of pleasing night songs from around the globe on DREAMLAND. For example, accompanied by his gently strummed nylon-string guitar, Erick Manana sings a sentimental tribute to his mother in his native Malagasy. In translation: "You are my shelter from the rain / You are my anchor in life's ocean / I'll always need your love and compassion." Carlos Santana adds his signature guitar stylings in support of Angelique Kidjo's heavenly dream song, "Naima." Basic tradition sometimes trumps digital reality: Echoey new age ambience and atmospheric forest and ocean sound effects detract from the melodies on Lynn Morrison's "Cradle Spell of Dunvegan," and Teresa Doyle's "A Lullabye." In contrast, the stark beauty of Tanja Solnik's captivating "Numi Numi" is rendered with just voice and acoustic guitar.

Is it any good?

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Mostly traditional, the lullabies on "Dreamland are from Africa, Europe, North and South America, and Asia -- and they all enjoy modern production and performance values. Whether you're putting a little one to bed, or simply trying to unwind after your workday, the songs relax and soothe children of all ages. The musical performances are stellar throughout, making this one CD that will yield repeated family listening pleasure.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how lullabies help you relax -- and even fall asleep. It's also a good opportunity to discuss that the world hosts many other cultures -- which have differences yet share similarities with our lives.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 20, 2003
Label:Putumayo World Music
Genre:World music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byzanzylum April 9, 2008
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very beautiful

Everyone in my family loves this CD... It is great good night time music to sooth my daughter to sleep (she is 15 months), but teh whole family loves the music... not just for kids and not just for sooth down nap or bed time.

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