All Around This World: Africa

Performed by various artists. 2 CDs. 84 min. All Around This World. 2015. $18.99.
PreS-Gr 3—The sound of drums launches this album of 32 songs from various countries on the African continent. One disc covers west, central, and south Africa, and the other disc covers north and east Africa. Among the countries featured are Uganda, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Egypt, and Kenya. The vocalists give excellent performances and come from both the United States and several African nations. Many of the song lyrics are in the language of the nation where the song originated. The musicians play a variety of instruments with great skill, including guitar, violin, trumpet, trombone, qanoon, Guinean balafon, oud, gyil, mbira, kora, keyboards, and drums and other percussion instruments. A few of the song titles are "We Are Happy," "Kikalama," "Do Do Ki Do," "He Motsoala," "Arsomo Baba," "Nanu Nanu Ney," "Kavuli Tutu," and "Tulo Tulo." The lyric booklet includes both the original language and an English translation.
VERDICT This album will be welcomed in libraries, classrooms, and homes.

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