What's all the fuss about? Well, take one sheep and multiply it by 14. Now add a taxi, five musical instruments, a shongololo and some rulers and erasers. Next, throw them into a large, three-legged African pot and add some herbs and spices from the market. What do you get? A truly African stew of songs about numbers. African Numbers
was lovingly crafted by songwriting and production team Erika Strydom and Graeme Sacks of African Treehouse. “Winning a SAMA
is a great honour and we are thrilled to get recognition for the work that is so close to our hearts!” said Strydom.
The CD features the fabulous Relebogile 'Lebo' Mabotja, who adds her warm, friendly confidence to the equation. Her silky smooth voice creeps into your heart and leaves you wanting more.
Multitalented Concord Nkabinde’s grooving, swinging African bass and backing vocals add a touch of magic to the songs. The soulful melodies of Kelly Petlane’s sax, flute and pennywhistle, coupled with the voices of Elise Coutts-Trotter’s wonderful Redhill School Kids, makes this a winning recipe.
African Treehouse's first offering, The African Alphabet
, has been embraced as an invaluable teaching tool in the classroom and African Numbers
is sure to follow suit. The new CD presents songs about numbers in such a fun way that kids won't even know they're learning!
The African Treehouse studio is situated in the heart of buzzing Johannesburg, which has served as an inspiration for the locally flavoured music on the CD. Erika Strydom and Graeme Sacks have drawn on the multicultural melting pot of their surroundings. The result is an album of charming children's music that even adults will find irresistible.
In the words (and music) of the composers:
"Big numbers are amazing, they're astounding, they're fun.
From the deepest darkest ocean, to the distance from the sun, Impress your friends and neighbours with super number facts, From the totally mundane to the weird and abstract!"
The African Numbers
CD is available from Look & Listen, Kalahari.net, and can be downloaded from all good online stores.
For info, news, lyrics and more, visit www.africantreehouse.com