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Launch Date: January 2004
Putumayo Kids invites children and families on a fun musical cruise to the Caribbean with "Caribbean Playground." Filled with upbeat songs, informative liner notes and colorful artwork, this album is a festive carnival. "Caribbean Playground" includes full-color liner notes in English, Spanish and French with song descriptions and cultural information. Launch date: 2004. (This album was re-released in early 2010, in response to the major earthquake in Haiti, with 100-percent of proceeds donated to the Red Cross.)
— “Putumayo is a standout,” Kai Rady, owner of Shenanigans in Charlottesville, Va., told TDmonthly in January 2010.
— Elizabeth Dahl, owner of Calico Cat Toy Shoppe in West Bainbridge Island, Wash., said in early 2010 that Putumayo is her best-selling music item. “We sold so many of them over December.”
— Of 48 retailers interviewed in January 2010, 12 percent named Putumayo CDs as a top seller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 1684 (added 12/8/2004)
This collection (release date May 2005) of hip and happy danceable tunes from around the world will have the whole family swing-dancing in no time. Full-color multi-page liner notes, in English, Spanish and French, include cultural information about each artist and country, and background about the swing music genre. Putumayo’s collection of music and multicultural activity kits has won dozens of top national awards.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2083 (added 12/27/2004)
Age Range: 2 and up
This customized travel journal is designed for the Global Kids program that Putumayo has launched with Gymboree. Kids can travel to other cultures without straying far from home. Families can participate in these classes together, then use the passport-style travel journal to record the experience with photographs and written entries.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3854 (added 6/29/2005)
The latest stop in Putumayo?s ?World Playground? tour, this disc includes 12 upbeat French language songs. Kids can follow along with the lyrics, which are printed in both French and English, for a unique lingual experience.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4691 (added 9/19/2005)
Turn on the radio and there's a good chance that you'll find sounds of the Caribbean permeating the airwaves. From reggaeton and dancehall to soca and salsa, its influence is everywhere. Caribbean music is steeped in African traditions, incorporates European and Latin American sounds, and satisfies virtually any listener. The Caribbean, ready for release in January 2006, delves into the roots of the music, its present and its future.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5875 (added 12/9/2005)
Reggae Playground presents renowned artists from reggae’s birthplace of Jamaica. Judy Mowatt, a former backing vocalist for Bob Marley and a respected solo artist, invites listeners to get moving with her rousing “Let’s Dance.” Children hear about the importance of respecting each others’ differences and the need to work together in Rita Marley’s classic anthem, “Harambe.” The Jamaican reggae arrangements of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by the legendary Toots & the Maytals and the Burning Souls’ rendition of “Here Comes the Sun” demonstrate the adaptability of this infectious beat to almost any tune.
— Pat Selby, owner of Calico Cats LLC in West Bainbridge Island, Wash., “Just ran out. We’ll be ordering more Putumayo Kids.”
— Donald Roland, owner of Dot’s in Montreal likes all the Putumayo Kids disks: “Folk Playground is coming out in May, and the Reggae is on in the store all the time.”
— “Reggae music has a great beat that kids love, so everyone was pleased to see a new album of reggae music created for children to enjoy along with their parents!” said Shana Kirsch, manager of Western Region of Putumayo Kids & Education.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5876 (added 12/9/2005)
When his friend Erik was ill with cancer, 6-year-old Skyler Pia wanted to cheer him up. So he did what most kids his age only dream about: he went into his dad's studio and, off the top of his head, hosted a radio show. Skyler's charming world music show features international songs from five Putumayo Kids CDs and information about the artists and cultures. Skyler's parents were so proud of his work that they shared his recording with everyone they knew, including Bonnie Raitt - a longtime fan of Putumayo World Music. She suggested that they send the show to Putumayo founder Dan Storper, who loved it so much he decided to release it as a specially-priced CD. The result is One World, One Kid, a benefit CD with all of Putumayo's proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Skyler picked the Make-A-Wish Foundation because they had helped his friend Erik and he wanted to make sure others benefited as well. The CD will be available in late January.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6206 (added 12/29/2005)
Featuring Latin flavored tracsk from around the world, Baila! is a non-stop celebration of salsa, cumbia, merengue and more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8429 (added 6/28/2006)
Music from the Wine Lands is a full-bodied selection of songs from the world's leading wine-producing regions: Frace, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Greece and the United States.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8430 (added 6/28/2006)
Seductive Brazilian melodies and subtle electronics mix on this collection of contemporary chill-out rhythms.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8431 (added 6/28/2006)
Malian guitarist Habib Koite and his band Bamada create lyrical and compelling contemporary music rooted in the traditions of their native land.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8432 (added 6/28/2006)
After receiving hundreds of cards and letters from parents and teachers telling us how much children love dancing, singing, and listening to Putumayo CDs, we are pleased to release our first kid's CD. World Playground: A Musical Adventure for Kids is a collection of great songs from around the world that the family can enjoy together. This CD takes children and parents on a musical journey to faraway places where they can be introduced to other people and places around the world. A trip to the World Playground makes exploring other cultures a fun adventure for music fans of all ages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8774 (added 7/27/2006)
Putumayo invites listeners to turn down the lights and relax to the tranquil melodies of beautiful lullabies and soothing songs from Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia. More than simply a bedtime album for children, Dreamland: World Lullabies and Soothing Songs, features beautiful, universally appealing songs that will create a calm ambiance for people of all ages. Dreamland is the fifth recording in the acclaimed World Playground series of music and multicultural activity kits from Putumayo Kids.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8775 (added 7/27/2006)
This joyous new collection for kids and their families from Putumayo Kids features a festive selection of tunes that reflect the crossover appeal and worldwide influence of reggae – a genre that is beloved all over the globe. As Jacob Edgar, Putumayo’s resident ethnomusicologist notes,“Reggae is one of the most adaptable and influential styles. People can really blend the reggae vibe with their local music to create something that is influenced by reggae but has its own unique flavor.”
- “[My] best-selling CD is Putumayo Reggae Playground,” said Laurel Marvin Jacobs, of Science To Go in Tampa, Fla.
- Gwen Bowden, manager of Doodlehopper 4 Kids Springfield, Va., said Putumayo was her chosen line of children’s music. “We don't sell a lot of CDs, but we do sell Putumayo …quite a few.”
- “Customers come in and ask what [the owner] listens to and that's what drives the sales,” said Catherine Higgins of Stone Soup in Bar Harbor, Maine.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8776 (added 7/27/2006)
Years ago, before the advances of modern technology gave us MP3 players and video phones, people used to get together with family and friends to make music. Gathered around the fireplace or sitting on the front porch, people of all ages would pull out instruments and sing traditional songs that had been passed down from previous generations. Parents learned from grandparents and children learned from parents. In this manner, a circle was created and the music was preserved for future generations to know, learn and love. This is the very essence of folk music, and its legacy continues on Folk Playground, the new family recording from Putumayo Kids.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8777 (added 7/27/2006)
New Orleans is one of the world’s great cultural crossroads, and children who grow up there are steeped in the music of the city. Now, kids everywhere can enjoy the mood-lifting music of the Big Easy with "New Orleans Playground." Part of Putumayo’s efforts to offer relief to victims of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Playground lifts everyone’s spirits as artists from Fats Domino and Hack Bartholomew get their toes tapping. "A portion of the proceeds benefits the
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9223 (added 9/5/2006)
Now kids can deck the halls with blues, jazz and swing holiday classics from the Big Easay. Bands and singers from Big Al Carson, James Andrew and the New Birth Brass Band summon up the spirit of Christmas. Part of Putumayo’s efforts to offer relief to victims of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Christmas gets everyone in the spirit of giving. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this CD will be donated to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9224 (added 9/5/2006)
A harmonious collection of tranquil lullabies and soothing songs from ancient Asian lands.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9225 (added 9/5/2006)
“Animal Playground” is a multilingual collection of animal-themed songs from around the world. The CD includes an enhanced original music video produced by Putumayo in Trinidad featuring “No More Monkeys” by Trinidad-born artist Asheba. A 25-city family concert tour in May and June supports the release, and a portion of each CD sale benefits the Wildlife Conservation Society. Launch date: May 22, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12316 (added 4/13/2007)
The CD takes listeners on a musical journey through Brazil. Families will love the authentic, upbeat rhythms, appealing melodies and multilingual lyrics of the songs by acclaimed samba, bossa nova and forro artists. Full lyrics and cultural information help increase knowledge and appreciation of Brazilian music, society and geography. The CD even comes with a glossary, photographs and a map of Brazil. Launch date: September 25, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14668 (added 8/15/2007)
The album is full of soothing, lyrical songs from the musically rich traditions of Ireland, Scotland and Canada. Launch date: 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15694 (added 10/11/2007)
This CD features enchanting voices along with amusing lyrics and various instruments, such as ukuleles and slide guitars. It comes with liner notes in English, Spanish, French and Dutch, and songs include "Come to Hawaii," "Holoholo Ka'a" and "Toad Song." Launch date: January 22, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16572 (added 12/14/2007)
Featuring artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Chiwoniso, Samite and others, this 11-track album blends vocal and instrumental talent in gentle African songs. A portion of profits will be given to non-profit NextAid, which works to help African children with the many challenges they face. Launch date: April 29, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17997 (added 3/17/2008)
Sesame Street Playground is an exciting world music adventure for kids, with each song and video produced in its country of origin. Thirteen songs from Brazil, France, China, India, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestine, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania complement two from the U.S. flagship production. The two-disc package features a music CD with 13 songs, featuring favorite Sesame Street Muppets, plus characters developed to reflect the unique cultural and social development needs of children in each host country. The DVD features 5 music videos that visit distant locales such as Russia, South Africa and Mexico.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19582 (added 6/26/2008)
Thirteen tracks of playful music from all over Africa, Putumayo's African Playground is a colorful array of tunes for dancing, singing, and playing. Putumayo's celebration of these deep musical traditions introduces children to aspects of many cultures, and liner notes included with the CD provide fun facts about the artists.
- “[We] sell about 100 per month” of Putumayo CDs, Tina Benoit, Operations Manager of Kidstown in So. Burlington, Vt., told TDmonthly in July 2008.
- Almost 20 percent of 68 retailers surveyed in summer 2008 listed Putumayo as their top-selling line of children's music.
- “These songs provide a sampling of African musical styles and a calm, restful listening spot for your day,” said Beth Blenz-Clucas, publicist for Putumayo Kids.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20043 (added 8/12/2008)
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