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All Around This World: Africa

by All Around This World

A rollicking, rhythmic 2-CD tour of Africa from Algeria to South Africa, Guinea to Ethiopia, Cape Verde to Madagascar, all tracks are family-friendly but still fascinating for all.
Genre: World: African
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  Song Share Time Download
1. We Are Happy (West Africa)
2:41 album only
2. Kikalama
3:01 album only
3. Bale Ile
3:30 album only
4. Do Do Ki Do
1:29 album only
5. Carnaval
4:00 album only
6. Ghana Guinea Mali
2:44 album only
7. Awa Yombei
2:05 album only
8. Diarra Loro Lora
3:11 album only
9. Opposite People
4:59 album only
10. Ha Ha Ha
2:04 album only
11. Sai
2:40 album only
12. Senzenina
1:32 album only
13. He Motsoala
3:11 album only
14. Thinantsha
1:27 album only
15. Wai Bamba
2:17 album only
16. Goodbye (West Africa)
1:03 album only
17. Kora
1:56 album only
18. We Are Happy (East Africa)
2:13 album only
19. A Hiyeni
2:18 album only
20. Arsomo Baba
2:20 album only
21. Yo Yo Kilili
3:17 album only
22. Atas Atas
2:48 album only
23. Ya Rayah
4:13 album only
24. Nanu Nanu Ney
2:28 album only
25. Kavuli Tutu
3:28 album only
26. Keenene
1:45 album only
27. Kipenzi Changu
2:43 album only
28. Nsa We
2:43 album only
29. Tulo Tulo
2:42 album only
30. Cibula
0:36 album only
31. Tsy Akeo
3:27 album only
32. Goodbye (East Africa)
2:40 album only


Album Notes
Holy cow is there a lot of great music on the All Around This World: Africa CDs! Founded by music teacher, dad and lifelong mediocre guitarist Jay Sand, All Around This World is an educational project that aims to make the world a little smaller while expanding kids’ horizons as they actively engage with international music. All Around This World: Africa is a double CD set that introduces families to African music from all over the continent, Algeria to South Africa, Guinea to Ethiopia., Cape Verde to Madagascar.

All Around This World breaks new ground in global education as it introduces children to cultures through music in a highly engaging, complete participatory way. According to Jay, “Teachers and parents know that introducing multicultural music is important, but perhaps they only get as far as hosting an international food day or a special holiday. We use music to crack the code, translating really honest and important elements of culture into educational experiences that actively resonate with kids.”

The original Africa classroom edition won a 2015 Recommended Award from Parents’ Choice, where the reviewer notes that, “applause is deserved for this well researched and produced recording and introduction to the diverse sounds and joys of African music.” The expanded two CD set offers more songs from many countries on two discs: one includes songs from West, Central and South Africa, the other from North and East Africa. Tracks were recorded specifically for this album in recording sessions in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Kampala, Uganda, with musicians hailing from ten African nations. “As both musicians and educators we were very deliberate about the material we chose, adapting songs that are geographically, historically and linguistically diverse so we could introduce families to a bountiful array of African melodies, rhythms and cultures ,” Jay says.

All Around This World: Africa is the second in a series of world music albums, following the 2014 release of All Around This World: Latin America. As Cool Mom Picks notes, “for any family who just wants to expose their kids to awesome world music, the albums stand on their own.”



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