The Laughing River: A Folktale for Peace (musical CD)

 
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Elizabeth Vega is a talented Orff musician, teacher and performer. The Laughing River is the story of two fanciful African tribes the Funga and the Alafia in conflict until the laughing river bubbles melodiously into their lives, bringing fun, friendship and peace. This enchanting lyrical folktale brings love and laughter into the lives of young and old. The Laughing River is a blend of several fascinating African elements. It was inspired by an African greeting song in the Yoruba language, which is spoken in Yorubaland, a West African area within Nigeria that is inhabited by a number of different tribes. The fictitious tribes, the Alafia and the Funga are modeled after the Yoruba people, particularly the Oyo. Inspiration was also drawn from the religious beliefs of the Bunu tribe, who occupy a region in Northern Nigeria. The song Che Che Koolay originated in Ghana. A Note About Orff Music: The instruments you hear on The Laughing River CD are Orff instruments. Carl Orff (1895-1982) was an Austrian composer who developed a holistic approach to teaching music which uses these pitched percussion instruments. These xylophones, metallophones and glockenspiels are adaptations of African marimba/xylophones and the Balinese gamelan. With the capacity to remove notes, these instruments are often tuned to pentatonic scales. By removing the dissonant intervals, children are given the freedom to experiment and improvise while creating pleasing harmonic sounds. The Orff approach addresses different learning styles by allowing students to experience music on many different levels. The rhythm of the spoken word is often a starting point for teaching children a musical concept. Integrating movements, speech, songs, games, instruments, dramatics and more, the Orff approach is a delightful way to experience the Magic of Music! Elizabeth Haze Vega

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A gift to the children of all nations, The Laughing River is a delightful story that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart ... uplifts the human spirit and spreads the simple yet important message of peace. --O. J. Ekemondé, World Beat for World Peace, Nigeria

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