African Lullaby

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Kimberly Wright, Common Sense Media
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Soothing, melodic music for lulling the young.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's a lot to learn in the liner notes of this album. They include information on the cultural background of African lullabies, as well as notes on the individual translations. Each artist is given a brief biography, the language of each song is identified, and the lyrics are printed in the original African language as well as in English.

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What's the story?

The artists featured on AFRICAN LULLABY come from both traditional African folk and Afro-pop backgrounds. These gentle songs serve a variety of purposes in many different cultures across the vast African continent. Some lullabies are used to tell stories (\"Oluronbi,\" a Nigerian folktale), while others teach morals, ethics, and responsibility. \"Mayo Mpapa,\" a Zambian lullaby, teaches children that, while their parents take care of them now, it will be their responsibility to look after their parents one day.

Is it any good?

The songs in this special collection are sung in several different African languages, and native sounds are well preserved through the singers' voices and the use of indigenous instruments.

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  • Families can talk about the many aspects of African culture that are described in the liner notes and in the music, including the role lullabies play.

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