Under African Skies

by Wendy Oldfield

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TRADITIONAL STORIES AND SONGS FOR CHILDREN

How did the Zebra get its stripes? Why does the Coral Tree have red leaves? Finally there is an album for children which answers these questions and more and celebrates a diversity of traditional African stories. Combining original songs and melodic harmonies written by renowned songwriter, singer and producer Wendy Oldfield and folktales and myths reinterpreted by prolific journalist and author Nikki Temkin, it’s a must-have for any child aged four years and above.

Originally told by word of mouth, African folktales were originally performed live in front of an audience—this is how these legends passed on from one generation to the next. Simple and direct, these collected stories represent the different people living in our country. Witty, wise and entertaining, the stories have remained popular throughout time and now, for the very first time have been captured on CD and given modern songs to accompany them. One of South Africa’s top vocalists, Zamo Mbatho lends his talents on the funky Afro-pop songs with Oldfield and Mandla Xhosa singing upbeat backing vocals.

Easily accessible for kids, the music and storytelling are fun for adults too. Magical and imaginative myths that began with a truth, and then took on new life with each telling, these spellbinding stories and their catchy songs are bound to become the CD that your children will want to hear time after time.

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released January 6, 2006

ACM-CD037

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