Why buy a physical CD instead of just ordering digital downloads? I’m glad you asked! The double CD set comes with cool exclusive album art that includes perks like musician credits, lyrics, and a really cool little version of the AATW: Africa African musical map that shows you where the songs on the CD originated.
Cool, eh? Or buy each of the CDs individually, digital download only:
All Around This Worldis a unique, interactive global music and world cultures program for children 0-9 years old that encourages children and their families to explore the world by enjoying global music, rhythms and movement. Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, world traveler and dad of three girls developed All Around This World with his girls as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them.
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African Instruments — If You Build It, They Will Drum
This week in Explore Everywhere (June 15-21) we began our tour of African instruments with an introduction to African shakers, rattles and drums, from bendir to ngoma, dun dun to ravanne, kpanlogo to kebero. We didn’t just sit back and let others have all the fun. Instead we dove in head-first, making sekeres, djembes, a calabash, a sistrum and a pair of funky, incredibly easy gankogui bells.
This week in Explore Everywhere, All Around This World’s online learning program, we continued our region-by-region introduction of Africa by venturing to Central Africa, where we learned how the Luba make memories, to Southern Africa, where we mocked our colonizers with kazoos, and to East Africa, where we celebrated adulthood with the Maasai by jumping straight up in the air.
On Saturday June 6th at International House in Philadelphia, Palak Singhee of Courtyard Dancers led an All Around This World Indian dance workshop for a handful of delighted families, introducing us to inspiring Kathak and Bollywood moves. We also learned to count in Hindi and how to smile as we spin.
Marriages, Masks and the Maghreb
This week in Explore Everywhere (June 1-June 7):
This week in Explore Everywhere, All Around This World’s online learning program we started adventuring around Africa in earnest by focusing on North and West Africa. In North Africa we celebrated the Imilchil marriage festival, which is the yearly prime time for Berber singles to meet and promise to be wed, and, when wooed, declared:
YOU HAVE CAPTURED MY LIVER!!!
and in West Africa we made magnificent masks using construction paper, scissors and glue. If you don’t believe me — it all sounds too great, so why should you? — check out this week’s summary.
Explore Everywhere kicks off: Meet Africa
The first week of All Around This World’s daily online learning adventure, Explore Everywhere, started with a bang — the bang of a kpanlogo drum booming out all over the vast African continent. Click here for a summary.
— lists of interesting books and movies set in Africa that we’re going to read and watch together as we go through the summer.
Each week I’ll post the week-end Explore Everywhere summary for everyone to enjoy, and occasionally post something based on the daily Explore Everywhere lesson. Much of the content will be for subscribers only, but if you’re not on the list, don’t fret — we’ll still find a way to have fun.
Gershom is a superstar! Not only is he the Rabbi of a fascinating community of African Jews but he is also the co-composer of “We Are Happy,” which opens and closes every single All Around This World class. Even though we think about Gershom every day when we enjoy his music, we want Gershom to visit us in person again and again.
Global Junk Jam!
This Earth Day, April 22nd, my friend and co-multicultural musical educator Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou joined me at the Philadelphia Montessori Charter School to make our own African sekeres and join several groups of percussionists online, acting as the Philadelphia site for Don “The JunkMan” Knaack’s annual Global Junk Jam. In tune with The JunkMan’s Earth-friendly mission, almost thirty 6-9 year-olds from Ms. Josloff’s classroom we made our instruments out of pre-used containers, then joined Don and other drummers in places around the U.S., including a touring Irish percussion ensemble, live through GoogleHangouts to jam together. Thanks to Don for the invitation and to PMCS for hosting the jam!