Children’s Music Day is commemorated every year on the first Friday in October. The project was born out of a desire to expand the rich heritage of African folklore and create unique content for children, representative of African culture.
This is the first in a two-part series with Part 1 focusing specifically on South African singers and songwriters including Ami Faku, Aymos, Azana, Bonga Kwana, Derek Gripper, Inga Hina, Leomile, Manana, Msaki, Nobuhle, Ntsika, Thesis ZA, Tresor, Zu., Qhawekazi, ZoÃ« Modiga and Zolani Mahola (The One Who Sings).
âIt has been a privilege and an inspiration to work alongside these artists, some of whom are parents themselves, as they bring their interpretations of the African lullaby to life in African Lullabies, Part 1,â said Hagar Graiser, responsible for South African music at the peloton.
African lullabies includes songs in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Swahili, Sesotho and English, including some instrumental tracks. Most of the songs on the album are original compositions by the aforementioned artists, drawing on their parenting experiences, African folklore, and interpretations of previously released tracks arranged and re-recorded as lullabies.
Graiser added: âEveryone naturally took to the task of creating new content for children in their native language and delivered something truly unique. As we started making them for kids, we fell in love with the music ourselves, as it provided much needed reassurance during chaotic times. We hope to see this music travel the world and make us all the sweetest dreams. “
Msaki said, âThis is my first recording and we are so excited because my six year old daughter sings with me. The intro is a song she sings to her younger siblings after our bedtime stories. sings her to fall asleep, and she sings her fluffy giraffe friend to fall asleep.
Zu. said she wrote the lullaby for her 15 month old son and found that his “voice calms him down and naturally, as a musician, I often sing for him.” When he cries, at bath time, when he wakes up and (through the lullaby) to help him fall asleep.
Zolani Mahola (The One Who Sings) said, âMy song is a lullaby, I sang to my second son when I put it down one night. I recorded the voice note on my phone and that’s what you hear at the start of the track. The inspiration behind the full track is to make a child feel special, loved and wanted. “
to listen African lullabies here.