Monday, July 23, 2012

Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree...Review & Give Away!

I have an original CD and book set to tell you about today, Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree:  French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes.  This collection put out by Sugar Mountain features music from tropical islands and it has been a fun way for me to talk about world cultures with my gang.   Here is the full scoop from the press release...

The Secret Mountain is proud to announce the release of the second book-CD in their international collection of soothing songs for family listening. Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree: French Creole Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes will be available for the first time in North America this summer.

Produced in Paris under the direction of Chantal Grosl√©ziat and Paul Mindy, this collection of songs features adults and children singing in French Creole, a language spoken in several dialects by more than seven million people. The songs and performers hail from the tropical islands of Haiti, Guadaloupe, Martinique and Reunion Island, all reflecting the rich oral heritage of children’s music in those countries. These sweet tunes are perfect for the quiet times of family life, while adding energizing Caribbean rhythms to the day.


Through Laurent Corvaisier's colorful tunes and splashy illustrations reminiscent of the vibrant flamboyant tree, this collection of lullabies and nursery rhymes celebrates life’s passages and various island rituals. Lyrics are reproduced in the original French Creole dialects and translated into English, followed by notes on the origin and cultural context of each song.



The accompanying CD features 30 traditional songs recorded with indigenous acoustic instruments and exquisitely performed by women, men, and children.

When I first flipped through the book I was taken in by the vivid colors and the depiction of island life.  The book along is rich.  When you look at it with the music it is an explosion.  One would think the CD would be all soft and lulling because it is lullabies and, while it IS relaxing, it is so alive with culture and musical flavor it would truly be hard to fall asleep to. My son "W" turned to me about 10 minutes into the CD and said "I just love this mom".  So do I.  The book has the translations to the songs and rhymes but, to be honest, it did not even matter to me because the voices and instruments were so captivating that I found I did not care that I did not always understand what was being said!  This CD did a wonderful job of opening up the door to speak about different cultures.  My husband I have been to both Martinique and Haiti and my sons wanted to know everything about the people there.  A asked "did you hear these songs when you were there?". 

I think this set is a gem and it gets two thumbs up from the entire Reviewed by Mom household!  We are already talking about which CD from the The Secret Mountain series of music from around the world!  Be sure to visit www.thesecretmountain.com and view their full listing of titles and to pick up Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree today!

I am so pleased to tell you that one lucky RBM reader will win a copy of Songs in the Shade of the Flamboyant Tree (book and CD set).  Thanks so much to the sponsor and here is how to enter...
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