Celebrating Kid’s Music Day with Star-studded Album

Celebrating Kid’s Music Day with Star-studded Album

Today, we’re celebrating Kids Music Day with some of the most talented and creative artists on the African continent. With a new album titled African Lullabies, children now get to listen to our favourites artists singing kid-friendly songs as they go to sleep. 

musician, Qhawekazi.

Ami Faku, Msaki, TRESOR and Zoë Modiga are just some of the musicians who feature on African Lullabies. The project emerges out of a desire to expand on the rich heritage of African folklore and create African-centred content for children.

This is the first in a two-part series. Part one focuses specifically on South African singers and songwriters, with songs in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Swahili, seSotho and English, including a few instrumental tracks. Most of the recordings are original compositions by the artists, drawing from their experiences in parenthood, African folklore, and some are interpretations of previously released material arranged and re-recorded as lullabies.

Other artists who feature include Aymos, Azana, Bonga Kwana, Derek Gripper, Inga Hina, Leomile, Manana, Nobuhle, Ntsika, Thesis ZA, Zu., Qhawekazi, Zoë Modiga and Zolani Mahola (The One Who Sings).

Zlani Mahola

“I’ve been writing and singing songs for and with my kids since before my six-year-old was born. This is my first recording of one and we are so excited because my six-year-old daughter is singing with me. The intro is a song she sings to her younger siblings after our bedtime stories. I’m singing her to sleep, and she is singing her fluffy giraffe friend to sleep. I’m really passionate about contributing to the existence of this kind of content. I really want there to be more songs in our languages for our children. I’ve never been happier to be part of a project,” says Msaki.

“The song was inspired by the Bible script that says, “Joy comes in the morning.” I come across many children from humble backgrounds who have to overcome many trials, particularly those raised by single mothers. I wanted to say, “Stay strong, for tomorrow is a brand-new day with a lot of possibilities.” I am honoured to be a part of Platoon’s first lullaby album, because the project invests in the future leaders of Africa,” says Aymos.

“The lullaby I created was written for my 15-month-old son. I realised that my voice calms him and naturally, as a musician, I sing to him often. When he’s crying, during bath time, when he wakes up and (through the lullaby) to help him fall asleep,” says Zu.

“My song is a lullaby I sang to my second born son when I was putting him down one night. I recorded the voice note on my phone and it’s what you hear at the beginning of the track. The inspiration behind the full track is to make a child feel special and loved and wanted,” says Zolani Mahola.

You can stream African Lullabies Part 1 now, available across all major platforms: https://platoon.lnk.to/African-Lullabies-Part1


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