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Kids World Party CD


CD ushers in a new music series and commemorates
Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary

Children’s music label Putumayo Kids, a division of Putumayo World Music,
announces the June 28th release of Kids World Party, a global medley of fun
tunes from Trinidad to South Africa. The CD launches a new Kids Party music
series for the label, whose Playground and Dreamland series have received
honors from Parents’ Choice and other esteemed organizations.

Kids World Party also marks the start of a special partnership with Amnesty
International. 50¢ U.S. from the sale of each CD will go to the Nobel Peace
Prize-winning organization in commemoration of its 50th anniversary and in
support of its work to promote and protect human rights worldwide.

In 1999, with the release of World Playground, Putumayo Kids established its
children’s music collections as passports to learning about the world’s cultures.
Kids World Party marks a return to these global roots with 12 fun, danceable
songs accompanied by a multilingual (English, Spanish, French, German), child-
friendly booklet that explores how children worldwide celebrate special occasions.
The CD comes enclosed in a new eco-friendly package that uses no plastic.

To hear tracks from Kids World Party, visit Putumayo Kids - Catalog Item

Suggested Retail Price: $14.98

About the CD:

Kids World Party

Featured artists:
Lucky Ali (India) • Asheba (Trinidad) • Balentes (Italy) • Eric Bibb (USA)
Famara (Switzerland) • Sharon Katz and The Peace Train (South Africa)
Monedita de Oro (Mexico) • Pakita (France) • Will Stroet (Canada)
Tom Freund and Friends (USA) • PALO! (Cuba/USA) • Solanna (Hawaii)

People around the world celebrate birthdays, holidays and other special events in many different ways. A birthday party in the United States includes a cake with candles, and children often play games like Pin the Tail on the Donkey. In Mexico, the birthday child is blindfolded and hits a piñata with a stick until candy and small gifts fall out. In India, children wear colorful clothing to school and give out chocolates on their birthdays.

There are some things that all parties around the world have in common:
friends and family, food and, of course, fun. We’ve collected 12 upbeat songs that we hope will have you singing, dancing and partying.

1. Pakita

(Préparons-nous pour Faire la Fête)

The name of this French song means “Let’s Get Ready to Party,” and the lyrics are about dressing up and getting ready to have a great time with your friends. Pakita is a redheaded singer from France who performs for children.

One of our favorite celebrations in France is “La Fête de la Musique” (The Celebration of Music). On June 21st, the first day of summer, people in France celebrate the joy of music with thousands of free concerts. It’s the longest day of the year, and kids often stay up way past their regular bedtimes.

2. Solanna

(Oompa Loompa)

You may recognize this song from the movie Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The singer, Solanna, is from Hawaii, and she performs “jahwaiian” music, a blend of Caribbean reggae with Pacific island sounds.

Hawaii is famous for its luau feasts. During a luau, friends and family get together to cook and eat traditional foods such as kalua pig (which is cooked in an underground oven), poi (a fermented taro root paste) and opihi shellfish, after which they dance the hula—or play reggae music, like this song.

3. Famara

(Mambo Sanaa)

Famara, whose real name is Thomas Nikkles, is a singer from Switzerland who took an African drumming class when he was young and fell in love with African and reggae music. This song is sung in Swahili, a language spoken in East Africa.

Switzerland, a country in Europe known for its tall, snow-capped mountains, is far away from Africa. But Famara proves you don’t have to be from a tropical country to sing music that gets your body moving.

4. PALO!


This song is about the food that goes along with any good celebration. Quimbombó is the Spanish word for okra, a type of vegetable used to make stews in Louisiana, Cuba and Africa. PALO! plays Afro-Cuban dance music. Its lead singer, Leslie Cartaya, is originally from Cuba.

In Cuba, you know a house party is going to be huge when they roast a pig and serve a spicy blend of quimbombó, garlic and yucca, a root similar to a potato.

5. Asheba

(Recess Time)

Schools around the world have many things in common, such as teachers, books and … recess! Recess is like a daily party since kids get a chance to play with their friends. In this song, Asheba sings about school recess in his native country, Trinidad, and the local snacks kids like to eat such as aloo (a deep fried pastry with potato), paratha (a flaky bread) and
mauby (a drink made from tree bark).

Trinidad is famous for Carnival, one of the world’s biggest parties, where thousands of people dress in colorful costumes and dance, sing, parade and play music in the streets.

6. Sharon Katz & The Peace Train


On September 24th, South Africans celebrate their many different cultures and traditions during Heritage Day. They prepare a barbeque feast called braai with grilled meats, fish and local dishes like pap, a thick porridge, and monkey gland sauce. Don’t worry; it doesn’t actually include monkey glands!

Sharon Katz & The Peace Train is a South African band with members from many different backgrounds. The band helps children in South Africa by promoting music as a positive activity and building schools.

7. Tom Freund and Friends


This song includes a game to make your party even more fun. Just get your friends together, listen and follow along, and you’ll have a great time. In the “Freezedance” game, you dance like crazy until Tom says, “Freeze!” Tom Freund is a singer and songwriter from California who recorded an album of children’s music in 2009 called Hug Trees.

8. Lucky Ali

(Kitni Haseen Zindagi)

Lucky Ali is a famous singer from India, which is home to some of the world’s most colorful parties. Every town and city across India has parades and festivals that feature people dressed in elaborate costumes as religious and historical characters, elephants and other animals.

During Holi, a springtime festival, people roam the streets throwing brightly colored powder and water at others. This is one party where it’s okay to throw stuff at people.

9. Will Stroet

(Le Boogie à Vélo)

You don’t need a special occasion to have a party. This song tells about the fun you can have just riding your bicycle. Will Stroet sings in French about the “Bicycle Boogie” he does every time he gets on his bike.

Will is a children’s musician from Vancouver, Canada, who sings in English and French. In Canada, children often receive colorful party favors called “crackers,” paper tubes filled with small toys, candy or fortunes that pop when you pull on them.

10. Monedita de Oro


Monedita de Oro, which means “little gold coin” in Spanish, is from Mexico, where parties come in all shapes and sizes. Mexico has given the world one of the greatest party games, the piñata, a colorful papier-mâché container usually in the shape of an animal. The idea is to whack it as hard as you can while you’re blindfolded, so that it breaks, and candy and toys fall out. We can also thank Mexico for giving us great party food like tortilla chips and salsa.

11. Balentes


In Italy, home of the band Balentes, there are many kinds of celebrations. Every day of the year has a name connected to it, usually the name of a Catholic saint, and every child has a Name Day, or Onomastico, the day of the year when your name is the same as the saint connected to that day. It’s like having two birthday parties a year! Balentes—“The Brave Ones”—is a female musical group from Sardinia, Italy, so named because they perform songs traditionally sung by men.

12. Eric Bibb

(Higher and Higher)

Music has always been an important part of African-American celebrations. In the 1960s, songs like “Higher and Higher,” a hit for soul singer Jackie Wilson, became the ultimate party songs for people of all ages and backgrounds.
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