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Songs from the Baobab (African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes)

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Published on Sep 18, 2011

Songs from the Baobab: African Lullabies & Nursery Rhymes is a storybook-music CD compiled by Chantal Grosléziat, arranged by Paul Mindy and Illustrated by Elodie Nouhen.

This title introduces an original compilation of 29 songs that span 10 different countries such as the Ivory Coast, Rwanda and Senegal. Originating from Central and West Africa, these rythmical lullabies are sung in 11 different languages. The songs carry soothing rhymes with a variety of voices performed by men, women, and children. The lush and colorful illustrations add to the harmonious tone of the storybook while the music captivates with a melodic quality.

Each lullaby tells a story or conveys a mood of the dialogue between mother and child. The rhymes and harmonies are accompanied by authenic instruments native to the region. The lyrics are sung in their respective languages and are translated in English. Each song is followed by a short description of the cultural history (origin) behind the song. The lyrics convey the nuturing quality and honor the traditions of the music.

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