Music Review - Songs from the Baobab

I just adore African music, it has a richness to it that always seems to reach deep into my soul. Songs from the Baobab: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes is a book and CD set featuring 29 lullabies sung by mothers and their children in eleven languages from ten countries from the coasts of Senegal and Mali to the savannahs and forests of Rwanda and the Republic of the Congo.

Songs from the Baobab: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

The songs on this album are recorded using traditional instruments including the kora, balafon, kalimba and rain sticks. For general listening, some of my favourite upbeat tracks included ‘Ka baga ne ma’ and ‘Denko’ for their fabulous percussion and beats. I also love the fun rhythmic sound of ‘Buutulumaani’ and ‘Gato gato’. When it’s time to settle your little one down to sleep, lullabies such as ‘Aayaa yimbéy’, Nkwihoreze’ and my favourite ‘Wá wá wá wá’ are gentle, and heartwarming.

Songs from the Baobab: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes

Songs from the Baobab: African Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes was recorded by Paris-based musician and educator Chantal Grosléziat. The book that accompanies the CD, features colourful illustrations by Élodie Nouhen as well as full lyrics in the original languages, translated into English.

You can listen to some songs off the album, or purchase a copy here.


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