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Music Review:    Putumayo Presents Christmas Around the World

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coverWith such beautiful recordings as African Playground and Dreamland under their belt, Putumayo World Music have established themselves as first-rate international music publishers. Although designed primarily for kids, Putumayo Presents recordings are as parent-friendly as they are kid-friendly. Their latest release, Putumayo Presents Christmas Around the World, offers classic Christmas songs with an international twist.


What better time of year to open children’s minds (and ears) to the music of cultures around the world than Christmas? Although families will recognize most of the songs on the recording, the styles of each song are fresh—a rousing Haitian troubadour-style “Joyeux Noel”, “White Christmas” performed by Los Reyes representing France and done in a rumba flamenco style, and Ramon F. Veloz brings a Cuban-Spanish guajira dance style to “Joy to the World” (“ Paz en la Tierra”), and “Silent Night” (“Douce Nuit”) features an unusual and gorgeous combination of banjo and steel drums, for example. Although most songs are popular Christmas melodies, the recording contains a few traditional songs specific to particular regions, such as “Aguinaldo Jibaro”, a Puerto Rican classic Christmas celebration song. USA is represented with two tracks, “Here We Come A-Wassailing” and “What Child is This”.


This multilingual offering is distinctive, warm, and inspirational—a delightful addition to any family’s music collection.


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Published: 2003 Putumayo Ages 2-up  



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Reviewed October 2003  Comments? Email us.

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