Reggae for Kids

 
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A good introduction to reggae.

What parents need to know

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Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language

Parents whose children are learning to speak may want to note that the Jamaican "patois" means there are some foreign words and some English words pronounced in an unfamiliar fashion.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is a good introduction to reggae. The strong, simple drum and bass lines that defines reggae music appeal to children's developing sense of rhythm.

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Though these tracks aren't the artists' best efforts, they're gentle, child-oriented songs. There's a noted absence of reggae giants Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, but a healthy dose of dancehall, or reggae-rap, attracts older kids.

Is it any good?

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The album's tone is sweet and positive, with songs about peace, love, and harmony, and some classic folk songs such as "Puff the Magic Dragon," "This Old Man," and "Joy to the World."

Dancehall rapper Brigadier Jerry gives a delightful Jamaican geography lesson in "Jamaica, Jamaica," wherein he visits his farmer grandfather, and then drives through each parish selling (and enumerating) his fruits and vegetables. The bragging King Yellowman turns "This Old Man" into a playful, well-phrased song all about himself. Freddie McGregor offers a nice rendition of Marley's classic "Three Little Birds" with help from a children's chorus, and although Eek-a-Mouse's song sounds like a child wrote it, his unmistakable vocal style is a real kid-pleaser.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about this musical genre and Caribbean island culture.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 26, 1992
Labels:Ras, Sanctuary Records
Genre:Dancehall/Reggae
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 8 year old Written byTheGoodGerman December 6, 2010
 

Whitewashing =/= Good Parenting

I'm afraid I can't grant this a favorable review. Sure, it's absolutely clean... But that's the problem with it. It's TOO clean. My kid, just by looking at the cover and listening to the premise, is already suspicious of it's value. Even she understands that removing all bad things from life isn't going to "safeguard" her from all the badness in the world... And she's 8.
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Too much consumerism
Teen, 13 years old Written byella13bin April 9, 2008
 
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 1, 2012
 

reggae kids

into a playful, well-phrased song all about himself. Freddie McGregor offers a nice rendition of Marley's classic "Three Little Birds" with help from a children's chorus, and although Eek-a-Mouse's song sounds like a child wrote it, his unmistakable vocal style is a real kid-pleaser. Families can talk about this musical genre and Caribbean island culture.
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Too much swearing

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