Roots & Branches – A Legacy Of Multicultural Music For Children


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by Patricia Shehan Campbell, Ellen McCullough-Brabson, and Judith Cook Tucker.

A unique book and audio sampler whose roots circle the globe. A collection of 38 musical memories – songs and singing games – contributed by singers from 23 distinct cultures. Here is an around-the-world collection that offers you more than just a shallow encounter. These refreshingly unfamiliar gems of childhood include hand game songs, game chants, circle dances, lullabies, work songs, and songs for listening.

Each contributor has reached deeply into their musical roots, sharing cherished memories to nurture the many branches of their family and community trees. These proud culture bearers keep the flame of their heritage bright, while living and working within the American mosaic.

These are the roots that anchor us to generations of tradition; these are the branches that intertwine to create a strong network of support, intercultural understanding, and mutual respect. This is their legacy to us and our children of all ages, but particularly 3-12.

The collection includes:

Selections from Brazil, Cajun, China, England, Eritrea, France, India, Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Mozambique, New Mexico, Israel, Vietnam, Cambodia, Kiowa/Comanche, Navajo, Russia, Iran, Ireland, Ecuador, and African-American traditions

Overview of each culture

Mini-biography and photograph of each contributor

Background notes on each song, game directions for each game

Original language, pronunciation, translation for each song

Copy-OK musical transcriptions

Copy-OK maps showing the country of origin for each song

Copy-OK facts and figures data on easy to read charts for each culture area

The audio recording includes:

Every selection in the well-loved version of the contributors, sung in the original language, a cappella by them or accompanied by musicians from the culture

Contributors/Performers include Janice Allen (Georgia Sea Islands), Bayou Seco (Cajun), Sam-Ang Sam (Cambodian), Katya Ponomareva (Russia), and many more


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