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Raffi (Children's)

Children's music was revolutionized by the recordings of Egypt-born and British Columbia-based singer/songwriter Raffi. Although he launched his musical career as a Dylan and Joni Mitchell-inspired singer/songwriter, Raffi had his greatest success when he directed his performances and recordings to youngsters during the '80s. Raffi's albums of children's music have sold more than eight million copies worldwide and have led to him being called, "The Bruce Springsteen of the younger set".

The son of a well-known portrait photographer and amateur accordion player, Raffi's earliest dreams were of teaching history. Inspired by the popularity of American folk music, Raffi acquired a guitar while in high school. Although he attended the University of Toronto for a couple of years, he dropped out to pursue a full-time career in music. After sharpening his skills in Toronto's folk music clubs and coffeehouses, Raffi turned to children's music at the suggestion of his mother-in-law, who requested that he write and record songs for youngsters at the pre-school she ran. Taught songs by his wife, Debi Pike, a kindergarten teacher, Raffi produced a tape that was so strong that copies were requested by other schools. Borrowing four thousand dollars from a local bank, Raffi recorded his debut album, Singable Songs for the Very Young, in a small, basement recording studio. Although it sold well, the album became a major success only after being up for distribution by A&M.

Raffi continued to focus on children's music throughout the late '70s and '80s. Although he recorded an adult-oriented album, Love Light, in 1977, Raffi turned his total attention to the younger set the following year. In 1983, Raffi received the prestigious Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award, for the work with children.

After taking a year off from performing in 1989, Raffi re-invented himself as an "eco-troubadour", performing songs about the environment for adults as well as youngsters upon his return. An album of ecologically minded songs, Evergreen Everblue, was released in 1990. In Februrary 1996, the Rounder record label announced that they had reached an agreement with Raffi to reissue his first 11 albums. The first release, The Singable Songs Collection, united Raffi's first three albums.

Raffi, whose music blends folk, reggae, ragtime, gospel, jazz, country, and calypso influences, has remained faithful to his non-commercial approach. Accompanied by the Rise and Shine Band, which features Dennis Pendrith (bass), Bucky Berger (drums), Nancy Walker (keyboards), and Mitch Lewis (guitar), Raffi has refused to play in theaters larger than 3,000 seats with ticket prices no more than $8.50. Although he's turned down all commercial endorsements, Raffi has allowed Crown Publishing to produce a series of illustrated books based on his best-known songs.

Raffi has produced two videotapes of his performances -- A Young Children's Concert with Raffi in 1985 and Raffi and the Rise and Shine Band in 1988. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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katieclaireh
I absolutely love this song......
i really like this song cause my baby likes every time i put she starts laughing
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I grew up with his awesome music! So many memories~~ :D
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katieclaireh
I remember hearing this song on Raffi In Concert With The Rise And Shine Band as well as Raffi On Broadway...
matt.lesley
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This is a very good song and sing along
I'm 10 and I still know the hole song from kinder garten
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katieclaireh
I remember this song from A Young Children's Concert With Raffi. I always closed my eyes whenever I heard this song.....
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katieclaireh
Every time I hear raffi's music on Pandora it always brings memories of my childhood back. They were such fun memories. My favorite songs of his that I have heard include Just Like The Sun, Walk Outside, The Changing Garden Of Mr. Bell, Evergreen Everblue, The World We Love, Somewhere In The World, Like Me And You and also Water dance as well as All I really need....
katieclaireh
I love the powerful message that this song brings. It tells a lot about how people can help to take care of our planet Earth. That is real important.
katieclaireh
I love singing along with this song whenever there is a baseball game going on. I always end up in a great mood...
katieclaireh
This is a fun song to dance and clap along to.
katieclaireh
Somewhere In The World was one of my favorite raffi songs when I was growing up. It is a beautiful instrumental . I might imagine that song being like traveling to a new place.
katieclaireh
I grew up listening to raffi when I was a lot younger. I used to own 3 of his concert videos. If I were to choose my 2 favorite videos I would pick A Young Children's concert with Raffi as well as Raffi on Broadway....
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Lol
I'm always satisfied with Raffi songs for my 8 yr old.
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