Saturday, February 25, 2012

Putumayo Kids, Instrumental Dreamland Review



Putumayo Kids has a mission to introduce children to different cultures around the world through music. They currently have 2 main series--Playland (upbeat music perfect for dance & playtime) and Dreamland (soft and melodic music that soothes and relaxes). Their newest addition to their Dreamland series, Instrumental Dreamland, is the first all-instrumental album for the Putumayo Kids label and will be released February 28, 2012.
Instrumental Dreamland features exceptional renditions of such classics as “Brahms’ Lullaby,” “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “What a Wonderful World.” Putumayo scoured the globe for music that incorporates relaxing instruments such as the harp, piano, acoustic guitar and kora. Artists include Malian griot and kora master, Balla Tounkara, Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro, Brazilian guitarist, Reginaldo Frazatto, Jr., Irish multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan and American pianist Michael Allen Harrison.

Instrumental Dreamland Track Listing:
1. Damien Erwin: What a Wonderful World (USA)
2. Sue Richards & Maggie Sansone: Bressay Lullaby / Don Oiche (USA)
3. Reginaldo Frazatto, Jr: O Filho Que Eu Quero Ter (Brazil)
4. Michael Allen Harrison: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (USA)
5. Masahiro Nitta: Lullaby (Japan)
6. Balla Tounkara: Komoriuta (Mali)
7. Keola Beamer: Pupu Hinuhinu (Shiny Shell Lullaby - Hawaii,USA)
8. Tony Ellis: Hand in Hand (USA)
9. Kohala & Jake Shimabukuro: Honu's Dream (Hawaii,USA)
10. Seamus Egan: The Lark (Ireland/USA)
11. Victor Johnson: Brahms' Lullaby (USA)

I found the music on Instrumental Dreamland to be very calming and soothing. There are many days that I need a bit of relaxation as much as my 4 year old does. I find it to be great at the end of the day or during some quiet time during the day!  We actually played it in the evening while we were on vacation this past weekend, it really seemed to help my child wind down from all the excitement of the day and the promise of the next. 

Putumayo Kids', Instrumental Dreamland, is a wonderful way to introduce children to music from around the world while soothing them, perfect as their bedtime lullaby or anytime they need a little quite time.

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my samples used in this review, opinions are honest.  Review by Michelle.

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