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Putumayo and Sesame Street Duet

Putumayo Kids is pleased to announce the release of Sesame Street Playground, a CD/DVD set featuring songs and music videos from Sesame Street productions around the world. This new release represents a shared mission of Putumayo Kids and Sesame Workshop: to reach children worldwide and help children learn about and respect other cultures. Sesame Street Playground is the first globally distributed Sesame Workshop audio CD.

Sesame Street Playground is an exciting world music adventure for kids, with each song and video produced in its country of origin. Thirteen songs from Brazil, France, China, India, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands, Palestine, Russia, South Africa and Tanzania complement two from the U.S. flagship production. Listeners can sing along to favorite songs such as “Rubber Ducky” in Chinese, while viewers will experience new sounds, characters and styles of music from other cultures by watching videos such as “Galli Galli Sim Sim,” the show opening from the India series.

The two-disc package features a music CD with 13 songs, featuring favorite Sesame Street Muppets, plus characters developed to reflect the unique cultural and social development needs of children in each host country. Elmo, Big Bird and Snuffleupagus join the rest of the Sesame Street family to perform familiar tunes, as well as original songs from international Sesame Street shows in an array of different languages.  The DVD features 5 music videos that visit distant locales such as Russia, South Africa and Mexico. Colorful liner notes in four languages make Sesame Street Playground a truly educational and entertaining gift for children aged 2 and up.

Sesame Workshop President Gary Knell points to the importance of using music to introduce children to other cultures.“While musical style is unique to different regions of the world, music itself is something we all have in common.” Knell quotes Jim Henson:

Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality that speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.

About Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that changed television forever with the legendary Sesame Street. As the single largest informal educator of young children, local Sesame Street programs produced in countries as diverse as South Africa, Mexico and India are making a difference in over 120 nations. As a nonprofit, product proceeds and philanthropic donations support Sesame Workshop’s educational research and creative content for children around the world.

Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org.

About Putumayo Kids

Putumayo Kids is committed to introducing children to other cultures through music from around the world. With its growing collection of CDs featuring multilingual liner notes, Putumayo Kids produces music that entertains, educates and inspires cultural curiosity. More than 3 million Putumayo Kids CDs have been sold in nearly 100 countries. Putumayo World Music has contributed more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations that do good work in the regions where the music comes from. Visit www.putumayokids.com for more information.

Sesame Playground

Audio CD Song list

1. Sesame Street Theme – Sesamstraat Open • Sesamstraat (The Netherlands)
2. Pollution Song • Takalani Sesame (South Africa)
3. Elmo’s Song • Sesame Street (USA)
4. Rubber Duckie • Zhima Jie (China)
5. La Chanson de l’Amitié • 5, Rue Sésame (France)
6. Our City • Ulitsa Sezam (Russia)
7. Sing (The Kids) • Sesame Street (USA)
8. Ricas Frutas • Plaza Sésamo (Mexico)
9. Galli Galli Sim Sim Theme – Show Open • Galli Galli Sim Sim (India)
10.Traditional Game Song • Shara’a Simsim (Palestine)
11. En Den Dino • Rechov Sumsum (Israel)
12. Don’t Be Sad Song • Kilimani Sesame (Tanzania)
13. One Small Voice • Vila Sésamo (Brazil)

Video DVD playlist

1. Galli Galli Sim Sim – Show Open (India)
2. Ricas Frutas (Mexico)
3. En Den Dino (Israel)
4. Pollution Song (South Africa)
5. The Song of Caretakers (Russia)

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Raise your hand if you grew up watching Sesame Street?  Mine is raised.  I still sing some of the songs, just for fun.  I loved the memorable characters who helped me learn my letters and numbers before I reached pre-school.

Although Calvin’s still too young for television or DVDs, I do expect he’ll have his fair share of Sesame Street time once he hits 2.  Until then, I love introducing him to world music.  Even if Calvin doesn’t yet catch on to the cool lyrics in multiple languages, he’ll enjoy boppin’ to the beat of the great tunes.

When I first received the CD, I popped in into my car’s CD player for it’s first run.  I was singing along and jammin’ in my car to Putumayo & Sesame Street tunes. . . it was that contagious.  The characters’ voices are distinguishable,  but they don’t detract from the musicality.  The songs are rich with a variety of rhythms, melodies, and instruments to appeal to listeners of all ages.

My all around favorite song from the television series has always been “Rubber Ducky”.  So, it was absolutely fun to hear it in Chinese, one of the languages we want Calvin to grow up learning to speak fluently.  I found the Chinese voice of Ernie to be endearing and sweet, however, his timing was off on more than one verse.

The international version of “Sing” is timeless and transcends geographical borders by introducing multiple languages performing in contagion and harmony.  I found “Elmo’s Song” and “En Den Dino” to be the ones that seemed to stay stuck in my head all day week long in a “wow, that’s a catchy song” kind of way.

My all time favorite on the CD and video was the India theme opener “Galli Galli Sim Sim” which was rich with descants, hip-shakin’ rhythms, and a playful chorus.

Calvin is all smiles when the songs play.  And, even though he’s too small to watch the DVD over and over again.  I did allow him to view 1 or 2 segments and he LOVED it.  There were new and creative Muppets and international actors singing in their native tongues.

Sesame Street Playground, CD/DVD set which retails for $14.98, is available for purchase on September 30, 2008.  Buy it at a local records or specialty store or online. If you live in the US, PR ,or Canada and cannot find Putumayo at a local store or online, they can call 1-888-PUTUMAYO (1-888-788-8629  to order. International orders can be placed online or by faxing (802) 864-9846.

However, you’ll have a chance to win one exclusively on Traveling with Baby later this month.  So, stay tuned!

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  1. […] this month, I reviewed the joint venture product: Putumayo Sesame CD/DVD.  And now, faithful Readers, you can win your very own copy!  Visit Sesame Workshop and explore […]

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