"Brown Girl in the Ring"
    by John Cech

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That's Maria Muldaur talking to her mother and then singing part of "Fala Nina, Fala Nana," from a compilation of world music for the whole family titled "Brown Girl in the Ring," from Music for Little People. The title track, sung by Bob Marley's mother, Cedella Marley Booker, comes from the circle game song that's so popular in the Carribean. And to go with it, there's Cajun music from Papillion, the Celtic "Silkie Song," a piece from Buckwheat Zydeco, Taj Mahal's gravely joyful "Quavi, Quavi" from West Africa, a setting by Ted Jacobs of Robert Louis Stevenson's poem, "The Moon," and other delights and surprises all along the way. "La Bamba" from Los Lobos will surely keep you dancing, and "Una Melodia" from Bobí Céspedes is just right for any time or any place you may wish to go to this summer.

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Copyright 2003 © John Cech

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