As lovers of music, and proud Aussies, we’re very excited today to share the brand new release from Putumayo Kids: Australian Playground! The album features ten catchy tracks from Indigenous artists and singer-songwriters and mixes good old fashioned storytelling with cheerful beats and Aussie twang. Scroll down to win a copy!
One of my favourite tracks on the album is Loose Change by Joe Hall and The Treehouse Band – it is absolutely guaranteed to make you nostalgic for your childhood and features the line “Loose change in my pocket, walking to the corner shop… two green frogs and a Paddle Pop”. I also love Mirri by Garrangali, which translates to “descendants of the crocodile,” and is sung by an Aboriginal band hailing from the remote expanses of North East Arnhem Land. Is there anything more Australian than the sound of the Didgeridoo?
Other top tracks include Bob Brown’s classic ‘Give Me A Home Among The Gumtrees’, Lazy Harry’s version of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and a jazzy version of ‘The Road to Gundagai’ sung by The Band of the South Australia Police. The latter of which is going to be stuck in my head for DAYS.
We just loved this album and highly recommend to families all around the world. It comes with a kid-friendly recipe for Damper (pronounced Dam-PAH for you non-Australians).
Putumayo will contribute 1% of album sales to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation which changes young lives through music by providing tuition and instruments to disadvantaged children in Australia.
This album will be available from 27 May 2014, and you can buy a copy here.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS, JESS M. & SHARON M.
Would you like to win one of two copies of Australian Playground by Putumayo Kids? To enter, simply tell us (in the comments section below) three things that you love about Australian culture. Open to U.S., Canada and Australia. Winner announced on 29 May, 2014.