Lullabies and Children’s Songs

Lullabies and Children’s Songs

Various Artists UNES08102

The singing of lullabies and children’s songs knows no geographical boundaries. Featuring many young singers and their mothers, this compilation documents the sounds of playtime and bedtime from Africa, Portugal, the Middle East, Mongolia, Japan, Solomon Islands, and the Nunavut Territory of Canada.

Game songs include Baka Pygmy children from Cameroon playing “the water drum” by splashing rhythmically in a river and Kanoukro girls from Côte d’Ivoire falling into each other’s arms and then pushing away. Some songs are lullabies for calming children, while others are for amusing them. One even warns little girls against running away from their parents.

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This album is part of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music. More than 125 albums are being released by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings to make the series publicly available, including a dozen never-released albums of musical traditions from around the globe.

Year Released 1972
Record Label UNESCO
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2014 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1972 Auvidis-UNESCO
Genre(s) Children's; World

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101 CAMEROON: Lullaby (extract) n/a 4:05
102 CAMEROON: The water drum (extract) n/a 4:05
103 CAMEROON: Hut song (extract) n/a 4:01
104 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Song of two little girls n/a 2:36
105 CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Little girls' sung games (extract) n/a 4:29
106 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Nzenzenze n/a 1:04
107 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Balibo sasasa n/a 1:11
108 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Mbola n/a 3:12
109 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Lullaby - Nzakara n/a 1:13
110 BENIN: Ere Ere n/a 1:59
111 PORTUGAL: Aurora teve um menino (extract) n/a 4:04
112 PORTUGAL: Cançao de Embalar n/a 2:44
113 THE YEMENITE JEWS: Adon hakol mehayyeh kol neshamah Aharon and Israel Habshush 4:06
114 MONGOLIA: Ikh agsal Tsembel 0:57
115 JAPAN: Ihumke n/a 2:15
116 SOLOMON ISLANDS: Rorogwela Afunakwa 1:45
117 CANADA: Two Aqausiit from Ungava Bay n/a 1:20
118 CANADA: Aqausiq from Baffin Land n/a 0:49
119 CANADA: Melodic katajjait n/a 3:11
120 CANADA: Assalalaa from Baffin Land n/a 0:37
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