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Kwanzaa Music for Kids

Celebrate the Seven Principles with Music!

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Kwanzaa music for kids is a great way to introduce children to the concepts of the holiday while having musical fun! Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is an internationally celebrated African cultural holiday that pays tribute to the rich cultural roots of African people. Kwanzaa is based on seven fundamental principles, which are referred to as the Nguzo Saba.

Jacqueline Godden - 'Invocations For Kwanzaa'

Courtesy Silver Bush Music

Beautifully performed and produced 2-CD set of songs and stories. A young boy's grandmother has recently passed away, and she returns in his dreams to comfort him and teach him about the seven precepts of Kwanzaa. The second CD includes the deep, rich musical tracks of the first CD, featuring the vocals of Jacquie Godden and the percussion of James Imani Henry. Great for classroom use or for family listening. The CD can be purchased from the CD Baby website or the artist's website.

Released 1997; Silver Bush Music

Various Artists - 'KWANZAA for Young People (and Everyone else!)'

Courtesy Charphelia/Orchard

Each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa is represented with a song, concluding with a Kwanzaa dance. All of the songs were composed and produced by Charles Mims and Patsy Moore, and feature the vocals of Kenya Hathaway and Michael Mishaw. The music is contemporary R&B, in a style similar to Anita Baker or Luther Vandross. A 2000 Parents' Choice® Silver Honor winner

Released 1999; Charphelia/Orchard

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Various Artists - 'Let's Celebrate Kwanzaa: Sing-Along'

Courtesy Peter Pan
These 11 original compositions by vocalist Frank Smallwood celebrate the 7 principles of Kwanzaa specifically and African-American pride in general. The jazzy, almost island-inspired soul music, combined with hip hop and contemporary R&B, is provided by Glen McCray (guitar), Dennis Fortune (keyboards), Tom McKenzie (bass), and Alan Jackson (percussion).

Released 2000; Peter Pan

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Judith M. Baity - 'NGUZO SABA: Kwanzaa Songs for Children'

Courtesy Celestial Melodies

Composed by Judith Baity, the songs on this CD feature piano, woodwinds, keyboards, and percussion accompanying children singing about each principle of Kwanzaa. The CD includes three versions of each track: a full performance track with the kids singing, a piano-only track to help learn each song, and a full performance instrumental track for stage presentations. Perfect for school productions!

Released 2006; Celestial Melodies

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