Swing Around the World

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Lively swing tunes from around the world.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that SWING AROUND THE WORLD features 12 songs from South Africa, Mauritius, United States, Italy, and France. Many of the songs are in their native language and contain political messages, but that doesn't detract from the appealing rhythm of swing.

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The first song in SWING AROUND THE WORLD is \"I Van Enkulu\" by the Cool Crooners of Bulawayo. Drums and guitars introduce this richly complex blending of men's voices from Zimbabwe. The song, performed in an African dialect, tells the true tale of people meeting in unlicensed beer halls to discuss politics and plan acts of resistance against British oppression. The police come to arrest the people and take them away in a big van, but the people escape. The light, happy track belies the serious nature of the lyrics beautifully sung by the Crooners. \"Mari Nica Swing\" by Triton is also in a native dialect, except the chorus, which goes \"Swing, swing, swing.\" Guitars, harmonica, and a marvelous lead singer make this a standout.

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Among the many highlights are the mesmerizing "Fotoromanza" by Alfredo Rey e la sua Orchestra, Jazz violinist Stephane Grapelli performing with the Squirrel Nut Zippers from North Carolina on "Pallin With Al," and "Gypsy Fire" by Romane, with its smokin' guitar solos. There's not a bad song in this collection. Young children won't understand the lyrics, but they'll respond to the irresistible rhythms.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the musically sophisticated renditions by accomplished musicians and discuss the different global sounds. Because of the various languages, families may not be singing together, but they most certainly will swing together.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:July 26, 2005
Label:Putumayo World Music
Genre:Children's Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 23, 2012
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swing around world

the irresistible rhythms. Families can talk about the musically sophisticated renditions by accomplished musicians and discuss the different global sounds. Because of the various languages, families may not be singing together, but they most certainly will swing together.
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Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byLilmarvy24 April 9, 2008
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