What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Welcome to the Village is a wonderful and inviting collection of original, traditional African and Caribbean songs and various cover tunes (from Bob Dylan, Jewel, the Beatles, Bob Marley, and Louis Armstrong) performed by children's music performer/educator Aaron Nigel Smith and the One World Children's Chorus. More than 300 children from across the United States and Kenya, and a few guest artists, lend voices to draw you in, get you up, and lift your heart. (Proceeds from the sale of this CD help fund a music program at the Cura Orphange in Kenya for children who lost their parents to AIDS.)
What's the story?
Aaron Nigel Smith began performing in choirs at the age of 10. Since then, he's become an award-winning songwriter and performer known also for his appearances on the PBS Kids show and touring group, "Between the Lions." What's more, Smith is an innovative teacher and founder of successful arts education programs in the United States and Kenya. WELCOME TO THE VILLAGE, Smith's third album, was recorded with the help of the One World Children's Chorus, a collection of over 300 children in the U.S. and Kenya. A portion of proceeds from this album benefit the children of the Cura Orphanage in Kenya. Guest artists Dan Zanes, Laurie Berkner, Lucky Diaz, and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo also perform on this CD.
Is it any good?
Welcome to the Village is a wonderful collection of groovy, interactive songs teeming with positive energy and inspiring messages. This eclectic mix brings the world a little closer and invites everyone to participate. Standout tracks include "Funga Alafia," "Che Che Cole" and "Siyahamba" (their repetitive lyrics make for easy singing), as well as "Grateful," "One Love," "Copy Cat Scat," "Man Gave Names," and "In a Book." The only odd tune out is "Sound the Trumpet," a Baroque-style song with vocal counterpoint that's cluttered and confusing to little ears.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it's like learning a song in a different language. Is it easier when the lyrics are repetitive and fun to say?
How can music help us learn about other cultures? Can music make the world feel a little smaller?
This album features a choir from Kenya's Cura Orphanage for children who lost their parents to AIDS. Does this music help you feel a connection to the Cura community and other kids' choirs around the world?