|CDs for Dancing
| by John Cech|
It's American Dance Week, and if you
doh-see-doh through almost any of our urban neighborhoods today, you're likely
to hear an astonishing mix of music pouring from the windows of homes, cars and
personal stereos, and see people dancing to all sorts of rhythms, from the pulsing
Columbian cumbia, like La Sonar Dinamita's "A Mover La Colita," (which
loosely translates to "shake a tail feather") that you've just heard,
to the jazzy French-Canadian ho-down music of Barachois ("bara-SHWA"):
These are some of the transporting sounds on "World Playground, Volume Two,"
which has gathered together another group of remarkable performances from around
the globe to continue the process of familiarizing children and their parents
with the exciting range of music that is now, available to us all. Some call this
hybridization, but whatever it is, it's irresistable. I dare you, your children,
your relatives, your dogs and cats, or anyone in your neighborhood to sit still
while listening to the fusion rhythms of Baka Beyond from Cameroon singing "Adukbe"
("Ah-dook-bay") -- a song about tomorrow for the playgrounds of today:
2002, John Cech
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