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It has been another outstanding year for kids’ independent (kindie) music. On Kids Corner we’ve shared new and exciting sounds from old favorites and new discoveries. If you’re in search of great music for the whole family, we have some suggestions, starting with a list of Grammy contenders that reflects some of my favorites.
This year’s Grammy nominations for Best Recording for Children demonstrate the range of music available to kids and families. When the Grammy Awards are given out on January 28, I’ll be watching online in the afternoon when the Children’s Grammy will go to one of five outstanding nominated projects. I am rooting for a 5-way tie among:

 

Morgan Taylor’s first CD-only release takes the drop of sunshine that is Gustafer to new adventures with a new adversary: Baconstein. An upbeat collection of imaginative tunes.                

Lisa’s third CD for kids reaches the whole family with guests like Craig Robinson and Ed Helms. It’s an upbeat yet reflective collection.

                Special guests from the Chicago music scene enhance this brilliant collection of original songs recorded live in the studio.

This duo’s intelligent high energy hip hop for kids grabs and empowers listeners with a hopeful path to the future.                

                The legendary South African band tell their story through songs that celebrate universal themes through their exquisite harmonies.   

                     

Beyond Grammy contenders, there are outstanding choices among my favorite 2017 releases. Each is marked by musical excellence and clever lyrics. But what stands out most in each is the personal passion behind the project. There is a lot of great music for families out there. Go find it! 

 

                While I keep insisting you need to see this band perform live, their CD stands alone with wit, rhythm and imagination.          

                Historically authentic, musically brilliant collection of songs from the African-American experience from the mid-1800’s to the early Jazz era, with a swinging sound to engage young ears.       

     

A couple of artists shared their hometown pride in loving, brilliant, highly personal collections:

 

Some old friends released original new projects:

 

                The Recess Monkey guy’s first solo CD is deliciously goofy.               

                A clever, literate collection of original songs in a side project of Producer/Genius Dean Jones from Dog on Fleas.          

      

Some Kindie albums take a deceptively simple musical approach. Some are marked by incredible musical complexity that requires more thoughtful listening. Or, just sit back and let these wash over you:

 

 Old friends of ours produce their second album of insightful and fun original songs, while an indie voice stretches into kindie with her first album for kids:

 

 

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The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People (also known as Nanticoke Lenape Indians) are a tribal confederation of the core families of the Nanticoke and Lenni-Lenape whose homelands have been in Southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula from ancient times. They are the northernmost of three well studied and documented, closely interrelated tribal communities, including the Nanticoke and the Lenape of Sussex and Kent Counties in Delaware.

Their Tribe is a sovereign American Indian Nation made up of the enrolled tribal citizens who have met the mandatory documented descent and blood quantum requirements from the historic core tribal families as set by our tribal law. Their tribal sovereignty was granted by the almighty Creator to their ancestors and was never surrendered by our tribal leadership to any other authority. Their tribal citizens freely submit to the jurisdiction of, and pledge allegiance to, the Tribal government of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indian Tribe and agree to abide by any and all laws and rules of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape and will respect and comply with the decisions of the duly elected tribal leaders.

Listen above as Kathy welcomes Trinity Norwood of the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape People into the Kids Corner studio to talk all about her own family history!

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Dr. Mindy Goes To Africa

We all know that Dr. Mindy Cohan loves animals - she's a veterinarian after all! But what many of you might not know is that Dr. Mindy loves Africa and just returned from an African Safari where she got to see all kinds of animals of the jungle - up close and (very) personal! From walking with gorillas to feeding giraffes and hanging with the elephants ... it was quite the adventure and she stopped by the Kids Corner studios to share her stories with us. We asked Dr. Mindy why she wanted to go to Africa and here is her reply: 

“All I wanted to do was get back to Africa. We had not left it, yet, but when I would wake in the night I would lie, listening, homesick for it already.
― Ernest Hemingway, Green Hills of Africa

Hemingway’s words perfectly capture my sentiments about Africa. Everything about the continent from the majestic landscapes to the fascinating cultures to the exotic and beautiful wildlife transcends one’s wildest dreams. Africa has beckoned me since my childhood and I am so grateful that I have now had the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream twice. Our first trip, three years ago, through Tanzania and the Masai Mara of Kenya was amazing, but I felt frustrated in merely observing the animals. Our recent trip was particularly incredible as I was able to interact with elephants, giraffes, rhinos and warthogs. Observing Vervet Monkeys and Rock Hyraxes up close was thrilling. After seeing my trip photos, many have said that they are placing Africa on their “bucket list.” For anyone with a deep love and appreciation of animals, Africa promises to be a trip of a lifetime.

On top of stories, Dr. Mindy has put together an amazing collection of pictures and videos that she took while in Africa. Listen to Dr. Mindy's conversation with Kathy below (it's in two parts) and while you're listening, click the link below and visit her African Safari Gallery to see her stories come to life.

Dr. Mindy Goes To Africa Photo Gallery

Here are the links for the Lewa Conservancy and the Elephant Orphanage that Dr. Mindy mentions in the chat above.

http://www.lewa.org

https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org

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