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Sharing cultures
Jenkins, Ella.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Where is Mary? -- Ye se van los pastores -- Bésame mucho -- Cultivo una rosa blanca -- Que bonita bandera -- Quiéreme mucho (cuando se quiere de veras) -- Day-o -- Big ship sails -- Dear Sir, I cannot go -- El gatito -- Are you sleeping? (Frère Jacques) -- Song of the seven continents -- Guide me -- Hine ma tov and hey daromah and Tumbalaika -- I like names -- My name is Ella -- Native American tribes -- In Dublin's fair city -- I lived in Ireland -- I want to be ready -- I'm on my way to Canaan land -- Üsküdara -- A taxi ride -- Walking around in Bronzeville -- Trouble in mind -- Pine top's boogie woogie -- Rushing around in Russia -- Yellow bird.
Format :
Music CD


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CS 128 Juvenile Compact Disc Audio Visual

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Ella Jenkins does what she does very well, and this record, aimed at kids between the ages of three and eight, is a joy. However, the title is only partly true. It's probably more about language than culture, be it the Spanish of "Ya Se Van los Pastores" or the patois of "Day-O." It's really the songs in English that explore cultures somewhat, from the Irish sensibilities of "I Lived in Ireland" to "North American Tribes" or the African-American areas of "Walking Around in Bronzeville" and a pair of blues numbers. That said, it's a lot of fun (even if the violin version of "Yellow Bird" ends up sounding like the Portsmouth Sinfonia), and for younger children it's something of an adventure. Jenkins is a strong communicator, able to engage young minds (without ever talking down to them) and involving them, even on disc. Her first all-new record in four years, and well worth the wait. ~ Chris Nickson