Reggae for Kids (Audio Cassette) Import
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3CD boxset. 50 tracks many on CD for the first time. Features some of Jamaica's leading performers singing children's favourites from Ska, Reggae and dancehall.
Top Customer Reviews
Magic Dragon" for God's sake!). To my horror, this album was produced by people
with no love, & no respect for Reggae (or musical performance in general). This
music will disappoint (or even offend) people who truly know and/or love Reggae
In "Reggae for Kids" the Reggae rhythms are [just] rock beats (none of
the polyrhythms inherent in Reggae/No One-Drop), and the (all identical sounding)
backing tracks are programmed... , and out-of place
smooth-jazz-esque sax solos?!?!? The vocalists are talented enough, but on this
recording, their contributions sound forced, uninspired, & unconvincing.
The ONLY Reggae-like characteristic of this recording is the (light) Jamaican accents of the vocalists. Yellowman's version of "This Old Man" ("Ye-llow-man") is the most compelling of these ... tracks .... The rest are monotonous & cheesy.
If you want to expose your kids to Reggae, do them (& yourself) a favor- start with the authentic(but approachable) classics: Black Uhuru (Ultimate Collection) or Bob Marley compilation (Natural Mystic/Legend)! For African music try Youssou N'Dour ("Immigres", "Set", or "Guide") or Salif Keita ("Best of: Golden Voice" or Soro).
I haven't heard past the 6th track because my son always wants to go back to track 1, "Puff the Magic Dragon".
They songs may not be exactly like the ones you remember from your childhood. For instance Yellowman has changed all of the words to This Old Man. For instance the lyrics are now "Yellowman he played one, he played ....", and "Yellowman he played two...". I was thinking how humorous it will be when if a teacher trys to teach the "This Old Man" song to my kids, and they will already know the Reggae version. I prefer this version over the original.
I liked this one so much that I have also ordered "More Reggae For Kids" which if it is anything like this CD will be outstanding.
If you have young kids this is a great CD to get for them to listen to in the car.
Here's my advice: Leave this fellow to the side and go with Garcia/Grisman Not For Kids Only, Doc Watson's Songs for Little Pickers, Gemini (Anything) or any of the Woody Guthrie children's CDs.
My other piece of advice to establish my bona fides with other parents: Aquaphor.
Most recent customer reviews
Awesome album for kids! Bought as a cassette for my nieces and nephews in the 90's and sooooo happy I found it on CD now!!Published 14 months ago by Leah
My 2-3 year old son loves this CD, he learned how to sing "over the rainbow". It's reggae value is questionable but I can stand to listen to this over and over.Published on Aug. 13 2003
This is a Great CD for children and parents to sing along with. It brings back memories of my own childhood.Published on March 24 2003
This is one of those great cds you are always need for long car trips. It is loaded with classic tunes that both children and adults will enjoy. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2001
We keep this CD in the car and I look in the rear view mirror to see my 19 month old bouncing back and forth in his car seat to the beat! Read morePublished on May 3 1999
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