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Shake Your Sillies Out with Raffi!

We love to shake our sillies out and sing about apples and bananas in all sorts of crazy ways with Raffi. On Friday the 10th, he came out with his Best of Raffi CD, available on Amazon and iTunes.

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There are so many timeless classics in this collection, arranged to work perfectly for children and the way they sing and move. You will recognize them, but love them even more for Raffi’s special touch. Down by the Bay, Wheels on the Bus, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Mr. Sun, and Day O are all included in this 16-song CD!

Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR and Raffi for our complimentary CD in exchange for our review. As you can see in this video, we LOVE it!

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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

Nashville, TN, December 7, 2016 ~ Rounder Records is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Best Of Raffi, a career-spanning collection, celebrating 40 years of hits from the legendary children’s entertainer. Due out February 10, 2017Best Of Raffi will mark the first, curated collection of Raffi’s music to be released outside of his native Canada. Best Of Raffi will include such classics as “Down By The Bay” (1976), “Bananaphone” (1994), and, perhaps his most iconic hit, “Baby Beluga” (1980).

Having released nearly 30 children’s albums, beginning with 1976’s Singable Songs For The Very Young, pioneering troubadour Raffi Cavoukian (better known simply as “Raffi”) is one of the world’s best-selling and most influential children’s entertainers, having brought joy to successive generations of kids—and their parents—with his playful, exuberant personality and his irresistibly infectious songs. Along the way, he has performed countless sold-out shows at concert halls across North America and beyond, and has received a string of Platinum and Gold certifications by the RIAA.

Raffi has also emerged as a respected advocate on behalf of children and the Earth, lending his voice, insight and experience to a number of issues, often through his Centre For Child Honouring. The Centre advocates a children-first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems, promoting the idea that early childhood is the gateway to building more humane societies. Child Honouring has found high-profile recognition, connecting Raffi with such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and The Dalai Lama, as well as being the focus of 2012 TEDx Talks by Raffi. The artist has also published several books – including 2013’sLightweb Darkweb, which focuses on the need to reform social media, especially for young users. Over the course of his career, Raffi has received recognition for both his musical achievements and his tireless advocacy work, including the prestigious Order of Canada in 1983, numerous Parents’ Choice awards and Grammy nominations, a Juno Award for Best Children’s Album (Bananaphone,1994) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

The liner notes for Best Of Raffi confirm Raffi’s cross-generational appeal:  “There are now millions of ‘Beluga Grads’ — adults who grew up with Raffi’s music and are now experiencing it through their childhood memories and through their own children and grandchildren.”

Raffi‘s albums consistently make the U.S. sales charts, and he continues to perform and record actively: his most recent award-winning title, Owl Singalong, was released earlier in 2016 to critical acclaim, and he is currently in the midst of an extensive North American tour.

With 40 years’ worth of favorites, Best Of Raffi will bridge the gap between parents who grew up with his music, and their children, discovering many of these classics for the first time.

For Raffi‘s upcoming U.S. tour dates, please visit raffinews.com/raffi/concerts/

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Singalong with Raffi

Singalong with Raffi

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for my complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

You and your kids can most definitely do a singalong with Raffi with this fun CD! My daughter and I have been doing it in the car for the past several days. We especially love “The Lion Pokey”! Imagine a lion doing the Hokey-Pokey! “I’m Not Small” has such a sweet melody and “Who Hoo Could I Be” makes Emma giggle with its play on words. The story of Abiyoyo has long been one of Emma’s favorites. We love Raffi’s tributes to Pete Seeger with “Garden Song” and “Abiyoyo”. 

Raffi’s “Owl Singalong” is released tomorrow, January 15th, on Itunes and Amazon. Enjoy!

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More information from Sugar Mountain PR:

On January 15, 2016, Raffi will release Owl Singalong, a new album of songs for children. It’s the follow-up to Raffi‘s acclaimed 2014 release Love Bug, which was his first set of children’s songs in 12 years.The new album picks up where its predecessor left off, embodying all of the musical and personal qualities that have long established Raffi as a beloved and trusted icon for young listeners.

The video for the title track is on Yahoo! Parenting. View it, and read an interview with Raffi, at http://yhoo.it/1GYVUeX.

The 16-song Owl Singalong—whose title song was inspired by both the owls the artist hears nightly outside his home on Salt Spring Island, Canada, and by his grand-niece Lucie’s enthusiasm for her stuffed-toy owl—continues Raffi‘s commitment to entertain his young audiences in ways that are educational, uplifting, and—most important—fun.
Raffi‘s abiding dedication to his fans is reflected in such exuberant, infectious tunes as “The More We Sing Together,” “See the Moon,” “Dog on the Bus” and the swinging title track. Elsewhere on the album, Raffi sings in Spanish on “Somos El Barco” and in French on “Dans La Forêt Lointaine.” He also pays tribute to the late folk-music icon Pete Seeger with a heartfelt reading of the folk standard “Garden Song,” a David Mallett composition popularized by Seeger, and a rollicking spoken-word rendition of “Abiyoyo,” a beloved African folk tale which Seeger helped to introduce to English-speaking audiences.

Fans may purchase the single “Owl Singalong” now via iTunes and Amazon.