MUSIC: Children
Sorene: Children's songs from Ethiopia
Seleshe Demassae

Seleshe Demessae is a master of the kirar, a six-stringed, East African, harp-like instrument that dates back more than 4,000 years and served as an ancestor to the banjo. Demessae has attracted acclaim as a singer, dancer, composer, poet, storyteller, music ethnologist and teacher.

Kidmia for Children

This is an audio CD suitable for children of young ages. It contains both traditional and new Amharic songs. These songs are great for sing along while in the driving in the car or at home. Have fun and learn Amharic at the same time!

The Life of Childhood
Abshiro Kids
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Music is an excellent way to educate and entertain our children. In this case, it is the key for connecting our kids to their heritage/culture. This wonderful CD/Book Combo is a collection of 26 old Ethiopian children's songs, as well as some new ones. The 41 pages songbook with its full color illustrations provides an ideal companion to the CD. The songbook was specifically designed to teach the Amharic language to youngsters living outside of Ethiopia. African

Putumayo Kids Presents: African Dreamland
Various Artists

African Dreamland continues the series that has brought peace and relaxation to music fans both young and old. The soothing sounds presented on this collection feature vocal and instrumental blends from Cameroon to Cape Verde. Bedtime only gets easier as Putumayo Kids creates a cultural lullaby experience no child will be able to resist. Featuring new artists as well as longtime Putumayo favorites, African Dreamland is a great mix of talent for young ears. Well-known artists on this album include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Toumani Diabaté and Samite. The sweet sound of newcomers Mapumba, from the Congo, and Chiwoniso, from Zimbabwe, are also featured. A portion of proceeds from the sale of this CD will be donated to NextAid, a non-profit organization committed to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the challenges facing African children.

Rough Guide to African Music for Children
Various Artists

The Rough Guide To African Music For Children features some of the best-known artists from across the continent, with tracks chosen by children, for children. World Music Network, with the help of the music charity Music For Change, spoke to more than a thousand children, who selected their favourite African music tracks. Presenting the rich acoustic kora (African harp) and balafon (African xylophone) sounds of Guinean superstar Mory Kanté, the driving Afro-beat of Tony Allen and the Maasai rap of Tanzania’s X Plastaz, this album showcases some of the best foot-stomping and hair-raising African music around.