Tupendane is Swahili for "let's love one another", which is the mission and message that fuels my career as a teaching artist. This album is an exciting collaboration with many of my colleagues, who have assisted me in my outreach to schoolchildren over the years, including: guitarists and vocalists Tracey Eldridge and Rachel Cross, and percussionists Hoppy Hopkins, Jaqui MacMillan and Jeremy Hesford (who also served as assistant producer on the album). The album also features The Tapiokans, a group of 6th grade choral students under the direction of Kelley Phillips, who also contributed the sounds of her beautiful voice on a couple of tunes. A portion of the sales of this album are donated to DREAM CHANGE, a world wide grass roots movement of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds dedicated to shifting consciousness and promoting sustainable lifestyles for the individual and global community. 'The world is as you dream it'. And please check out the music on CD Baby of some of my friends listed above. Just do a CD Baby search on the following names: Tracey Eldridge Rachel Cross Mambo Combo Tim Gregory February '10 Instrumentation Aerophones: vocals, Native American wooden flutes, Bolivian pan pipes, cactus didjeridoo, ocarina, samba whistle Chordophones: acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, acoustic bass guitar, electric fretless bass, piano (albeit electric) Idiophones: steel pan, mbira dzavadzimu, hosho, marimba, zils, shakers Membranophones: dumbek, congas, elk skin drum, bombo, surdo, snare drum, cuica, djembe, bongos, ashiko, talking drum Track Insights 1. Tupendane - Caribbean party with a peaceful message. Steel pan and samba percussion are featured. 2. What'sa Didj Do? - hip hop didjeridoo lesson. 3. Nil' Chi - (spirit in Navajo) tribute to the earth-honoring native cultures of North and South America. Flutes, pan pipes and fiddle are featured. 4. Pueblo Sunrise - traditional Zuni Pueblo flute composition played to honor the sun. 5. Morning Sun - a more earthy version of this Native Amercian inspired tune that appeared on Dance Your Dance. 6. Prasad - East Indian techno jam delivering the Buddhist Metta Prayer for Compassion, and a Shuar proverb "The world is as you dream it". 7. Hashivenu/ 8. K'shoshana/9. El A Mayan - a medley of Hebrew tunes. 10. Tolongo Waiye - a Yoruba children's tune about birds. (West Africa) 11. Nhemamusasa - traditional Shona composition featuring the mbira dzavadzimu. (Zimbabwe) 12. Kanyamapote - (strut your stuff in Shona) vocal improvisation backed by marimba, percussion and flute. 13. Arusha Road - "Bad Roads, Good People"... say no more.