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Lullabies and Children’s Songs

Various Artists
Lullabies and Children’s Songs

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.

Track Listing

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