VARIOUS ARTISTS
Cuban Lullaby
African Lullaby

[Ellipsis Arts, www.therelaxationcompany.com]

As a parent, lullabies have been an integral part of my daily life. While rocking my daughter to sleep a few years back, I would sing her every imaginable lullaby I could think of. After the pool would run dry, I would go into auto repeat mode and the cycle would start again. If after an hour she was still not asleep, I would switch to pop songs, but these didn't work nearly as well. To the rescue come two CDs filled with intensely wonderful lullabies from different parts of the globe.
As the name suggests, "Cuban Lullaby" is a mass of sixteen songs compiled specifically to put your child into dream mode. Coro Corolillo's "Senora Santana" is a deadly quiet choir rendition of a beautiful ballad, while Chucho Valdes piano solo "Berceuse A Jessie" is calm and rich in warm intonations. Omara Portuondo's "Drume Negrita" is softly spoken, almost in a whisper while Rey Guerra's take on the same classic is understated with hushed flamenco guitar melodies. Merceditas Vales does a most pleasing, tender take on "Juegeton", while Marisela Verena's adaptation of "Nana Animalera" is probably the starkest example of a sturdy voice on the record. Equally impressive are instrumentals which pop in and out. The melodies are simple. For those of us who don't speak Spanish [or Cuban version of Spanish, which is actually blended with an African dialect], all lyrics are translated into English. Fine, so we're bombarded with three versions of "Drume Negrita", but so what. Beauty this radiant is rare to find.
Winner of the prestigious Parents' Choice Gold Award, "African Lullaby" takes the form of the lullaby and extrapolates some of the best found songs from Africa. As with the previous disc, there is no shortage of great songs for the baby and the parent. Muriel Mwamba does an excellent job at soothing her baby [and mine] on "Mayo Mpapa". With only her sweet and tender voice and a triangle to keep the beat, she sings a tender ballad that is equally soothing as it is emotive. Mor Dior Bamba's voice can do no wrong as he sings on the barren "Ayo Nene Touti". With dabbles of occasional percussion, he's prone to put the most fussy kid to sleep. Danone O'Sow's lovely "Tesegu" is a ballad-paced lullaby that speaks volumes in its humility and its richness. Even Ladysmith Black Mambazo is able to caress the mind and soul on their vibrant "Thula Mtwana". A first-rate release through and through. There's enough to discover on this compilation to keep both child and parents busy for many sleepless nights to come.

- Tom Sekowski


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