Songs collected by Nathalie Soussana Musical arrangements by Jean-Christophe Hoarau Illustrations by Judith Gueyfier
An enchanting collection of 23 traditional songs that pays homage to the rich cultural heritage and multilingual communities of West Africa and the Caribbean. Stories about children playing in the schoolyard at recess, sisters braiding each other’s hair at the beach, and parents dancing and singing late into the night mesh together thanks to the music. A wide array of styles—nursery rhymes from Gabon, lullabies from Cape Verde, rumbas from the Congo, work songs from Jamaica—are all performed exquisitely by men, women, and children in more than a dozen languages. Luminous artwork and homegrown instruments, such as the djembe, the cavaquinho and the Peul flute, round off this wonderful celebration of history, language, and culture. Lyrics appear transcribed in their original language and translated to English followed by extensive notes describing the cultural background of each song and a world map.
MUSICAL PICTURE BOOK 978-2-924774-53-3
Pub Date: 2019
Ages: 3 to 7 / Grades Pre-K to 3
Keywords: Africa / Musical Traditions / Maternity / Community
Hardcover book (8” x 8”, 80 pages) with CD (45 minutes / 23 recordings) and unique digital code for MP3 download
$ 22.95 CND / $ 16.95 USD / 19.50 €