Ella Jenkins: A Life of Song CD (**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**)

If you love real-life recordings of real people singing or sharing real music, this is a CD for you!  Ella Jenkins: A Life of Song includes stories and songs from Ella Jenkins, “The First Lady of Children’s Music”.  She tells stories, sings songs and interacts with children using words and music.  I found this recording to be a treasure, full of simple, timeless music.  Whether you love African-American folk music, are empahsizing Black History month or love to hear kids singing, you will enjoy this presentation.

On A Life of Song, her 29th release for Folkways since 1957, Jenkins offers stories and songs that speak to her years growing up as an African American child in multicultural Chicago. Children from Chicago’s Donoghue Elementary and Horace Greeley Elementary schools join her in call-and-response singing on well-known songs including “Pick a Bale of Cotton” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands,” a world that in Jenkins’ version includes Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Sacajawea, and John F. Kennedy. The album’s 21 tracks also include songs from Ella’s 1920s Chicago childhood such as “One Two Three O’Leary,” which in this rendition is sung both in English and Spanish. 13 songs from ‘A Life of Song’ were recorded by Ella for the first time for this release.

The album is part of the 2011 Smithsonian celebration of Black History Month.

(This part of the website contains a host of information and resources to help you study or celebrate the history of African American history and culture.)

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are releasing this as part of the African American Legacy Recordings Series.  I am grateful that there is a group out there who wants to preserve the legacy left us by so many talented people.  It is truly a gift to those who love music!

A short biography of Ella is contained in the liner notes that accompany the CD. And, if you are interested in learning more about Ella Jenkins, a recorded interview is available here.

This talented lady has received many awards in the past, but is about to receive two more:

On February 26th, Ella will receive a “Living Legend Award” for her service to humanity as part of a gala ceremony in Ashton, MD that is free and open to the public. Civil rights activist and Congressman John Lewis and Frazier & Virginia Mathis from the aid organization Global Vessels will also be honored. For more information, please visit www.livinglegendsawards.org.

On April 1st, 2011, Urban Gateways will honor Ella as part of their 50th Anniversary Gala event in Chicago, IL.  For more details, please visit www.urbangatweays.org.

BUY! Ella Jenkins: A Life of Song will be available February 22nd.  Until then, you can purchase her 28 other albums.

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    veronica sanchez says:

    Multi-Cultural Children’s Songs

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    Adventures in rhythm would be delightful because we like to play homemade musical instruments!

    How fun and inspiring!