NAPPA 2004: Music for ages 9 and Up

By John Wood

Nappa Award Winners
Any time is mighty fine for the best that children's music has to offer. Music can settle a baby, tickle a preschooler's funny bone and inspire a child to dance. But with so many performers making music for kids today, how is a well-intentioned adult to know which ones will really work magic? By choosing among these winners, that's how! Hats off to these talented musicians whose recordings hit the mark.

Gold Award Winners

Aesop For All Ages, by Anne Nachtrieb Zesiger, Everafter Classics, 2003; $16.95 CD; Ten timeless fables are brought to life in a mix of styles and clever arrangements, anchored by Zesiger's distinctive and accessible voice.

Beethoven's Wig 2 - More Sing Along Symphonies, Rounder Records, 2004; $12.98 CD; Sometimes channeling the wordplay of Alan Sherman with a Mel Brooks' perspective, this CD invigorates the music of Verdi, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Strauss and Dvorak among others, with lyrics that will stick with you until the cows come home.

Caribbean Playground, by various artists, Putumayo World Music, 2004; $15.98 CD; All aboard for a joyous musical cruise to the islands that celebrates the infectious rhythms of our neighbors to the south.

The 5 Elements, by Rick Scott and Harry Wong, Jester Records, 2003; $15 CD; Canadian Rick Scott and Hong Kong performer Harry Wong combine their unique talents and east-west perspectives to make the world a better (and funnier) place.

World Party!, by various artists, Music For Little People, 2003; $13.98 CD; Toe-tapping numbers from around the world sung by kids in a variety of languages and styles.

Honors Award Winners

Bozo & Pals - Get Down With the Clown, by various artists, Music For Little People, 2003; $15.98 CD, $9.98 cassette; Silly, zany fun with everyone's pal, Bozo.

Even Kids Get the Blues, Re-Bop Records, 2004; $14.98 CD; Twelve talented kids sing original blues tunes with messages that hit home. And with Bonnie Raitt on board, you just can't go wrong!

Prairieland, Patti Ecker, 2002; $15 CD; Traditional folk music that shares the pioneering spirit of America. Complete with a helpful booklet with historical pictures and notes.

Top Pop 2, various artists, Music For Little People, 2003; $13.98 CD, $8.98 cassette; Teen singers sing current hit tunes without adult messages.

Return to NAPPA 2004 Award Winners: Music to see winners for other age groups.

See also: NAPPA 2003: Music