World Party!

Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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A fantastic introduction to world music.

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Positive Messages

The album advances learning about different cultures.

Violence & Scariness

There are no violent images.

Sexy Stuff

There are no sexual references.


There is no questionable language. As a plus, several tunes are sung in their native tongue.


There are no commercial tie-ins.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The album is free of references to alcohol or drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that children as young as 2 can enjoy the different rhythms of this charming collection. With some help, those 5 years and up may be able to identify the regional instruments, which are carefully described in the liner notes.

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What's the story?

WORLD PARTY! opens with the carefully plucked strings of a Spanish guitar, and the album is off and running, touring the world of music from Cuban-inflected rumba flamenca, Italian tarantella, and a Moroccan school song accented with a copper drum.

Is it any good?

Many listeners may be familiar with "Awimbowe" ("The Lion Sleeps Tonight"), but perhaps not in the distinctive version played here with the mbira, a small wooden thumb piano with 28 reeds, and the udu, or African clay drum. Other standouts include "Canta, Canta Hermanito" ("Sing, Sing Little Brother"), set to a sinuous bossa nova beat with guitar and maracas, and "Sambahia," a Brazilian samba transporting listeners to Rio at carnival time.

In lieu of an atlas, this world tour is guided by helpful liner notes that identify the different rhythms, instruments, and traditions of each tune.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about differences and similarities in musical forms and instruments across cultures.

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