Jacob really has a heart for travel; we have a huge map spread out under a clear vinyl cover on our dining room table, and he’s constantly exploring, detailing all the places he wants to visit. I love to encourage this because it’s feeding his curiosity and feeding that interest. My hope is that he never lets go of his dreams but that he reaches for whatever it is he wants to do or is meant to do in this life.
To encourage him even more, I love exposing him to multicultural products, music, etc. Putumayo Kids makes this quite easy. Their goal is to bring other cultures and children together through music. Their newest album, Kids World Party, releases June 28. This album is full of great music from places like France, Hawaii (USA), Cuba, India, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, Trinidad, Canada, and Switzerland. Some of the music is in English, but other songs are performed in Spanish, French, etc. The CD comes with a multilingual booklet, as well, which helps children explore even more.
You’ll hear many different songs from artists like Solanna, PALO!, Lucky Ali, Will Stroet, Eric Bibb, etc. Personally, a couple of my favorites are Oompa Loompa (a version unlike any other, sung by Solanna in a reggae Hawaiian style) and Freezedance (sung by Tom Freund and Friends in a boogie/funk style). From Reggae to Latin to funk, kids will boogie on down with this CD; it’d be a great dance track to have for a kid’s party. The following are the songs performed on this album:
- Preparons-nous pour Faire la Fete
- Oompa loompa
- Mambo Saana
- Recess Time
- Kitni Haseen Zindagi
- Le Boogie a Velo
- Higher and Higher
There are the occasional slower moving songs, but there’s still a great dance quality, even to them. You can purchase Kids World Party for $14.98, starting June 28, from Putumayo Kids. You can also listen to music clips from the CD.
One of my favorite parts about the release of this CD? Putumayo World Music supports non-profit organizations that help children, families, etc. They’ve donated over $1 million so far. When you purchase Kids World Music, 50 cents will go to Amnesty International, an organization that is not only celebrating its 50th anniversary but is also protecting human rights around the world. I’m so excited to help promote this album, in hopes of supporting Amnesty International, as well.