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Raffi (Children's)

One of the leading lights in children’s music, Raffi is virtually synonymous with a light, playful style of song and storytelling. Born in Egypt and raised in Canada, Raffi Cavoukian initially launched his musical career in Toronto as folk singer/songwriter, though he would later find his greatest success when he redirected his performances and recordings toward children in the late '70s. In the ensuing decades, Raffi would go on to revolutionize children's music, starting his own label and becoming both an author and an advocate for ecological awareness in the process. Later in his career he founded the Centre for Child Honouring, a foundation promoting his vision of a "children-first approach to healing communities and restoring ecosystems."

The son of a well-known portrait photographer and amateur accordion player, Raffi picked up guitar while in high school and cut his teeth in Toronto's early-'70s folk scene alongside other aspiring musicians like David Wilcox and John Lacey. His introduction to writing children's music came about somewhat accidentally when he was invited to perform as part of a folk festival in a local school in the mid-'70s. Around this same time, Raffi's mother-in-law asked him to perform some songs at her nursery school and took note of his natural ability to connect with a young audience. At her urging, he recorded his debut album, a collection of children's music called Singable Songs for the Very Young. At the time there was a noticeable lack of quality children's music available and his album was quickly embraced by both children and their grateful parents. Not long after, Raffi was signed to A&M, which reissued the album, effectively beginning his wildly successful career as one of the world's most beloved children's entertainers.

Aside from 1977's adult-oriented album Adult Entertainment (later reissued as Lovelight), Raffi devoted his total attention to the younger set, releasing a string of popular albums including 1980's Baby Beluga, whose title track would become one of his best-known songs. In 1983, Raffi received the prestigious Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian award, for his work with children.

In the late '80s, Raffi re-invented himself as an "eco-troubadour," performing songs about the environment for adults as well as children. An album of ecologically minded songs, Evergreen, Everblue, was released in 1990. His blend of ecological themes and children's fare continued throughout the '90s and into the new millennium. In February 1996, the Rounder label announced that they had reached an agreement with Raffi to reissue his first 11 albums. The first release, The Singable Songs Collection, united his first three albums. 2000 saw the publication of his memoir, The Life of a Children's Troubadour. This period also saw the formation and development of his Child Honouring philosophy, which he further explained in a 2006 book titled Child Honouring: How to Turn This World Around. Throughout all of his charitable efforts, he has continued to write and perform, releasing new albums like 2009's Communion and 2016's Owl Singalong.

Raffi, whose music blends folk, reggae, ragtime, gospel, jazz, country, and calypso influences, has remained faithful to his non-commercial approach. Throughout his career he has refused to play in larger theaters, always attempting to keep ticket prices low and constantly turning down commercial endorsements. He once turned down an opportunity to perform at New York's Madison Square Garden because he felt the venue's size would prevent his connecting with the children. He also declined a Hollywood production company who wanted to adapt a film version of his "Baby Beluga" song after learning that its marketing approach would pitch advertisements to children. He has also founded the anti-bullying Red Hood Project, promoting online security for children. ~ Timothy Monger & Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Love Bug

1. Love Bug

2. Doggone Woods

3. Mama Loves It

4. Free To Play

5. In The Real World

6. Water In The Well

7. On Hockey Days

8. Seeing The Heart

9. Cool Down Reggae

10. Magic Wand

11. Wind Chimes

12. To The Park

13. Pete's Banjo

14. This Land Is Your Land

15. Blue White Planet

16. Turn This World Around

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Track List: Songs Of Our World

1. Every Child

2. Blue White Planet

3. May There Always Be Sunshine

4. This Little Light Of Mine

5. De Colores

6. Fais Dodo

7. Haru Ga Kita

8. Roots And Shoots Everywhere

9. Tsetang Gangla

10. All I Really Need

11. One Light One Sun

12. Thanks A Lot

13. The World We Love

14. First Peoples

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Track List: Let's Play!

1. Let's Play

2. Swing

3. Yellow Submarine

4. Eansy Weensy Spider

5. What A Wonderful World

6. Raining Like Magic

7. Up On Fernhill

8. Jane Jane

9. If You're Happy And You Know It

10. Arbutus Baby

11. Jiggledy Jill

12. Roots And Shoots Everywhere

13. Tsetang Gangla

14. It Takes A Village

15. Blessed Be

16. May There Always Be Sunshine

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Track List: Bananaphone

1. Bananaphone

2. Shake A Toe

3. The World We Love

4. Slow Day

5. The Changing Garden Of Mr. Bell

6. Naturally

7. Spring Flowers

8. Canada

9. Michael Row The Boat Ashore

10. First Peoples

11. Dee Myth

12. Cowlit Night

13. The Gorilla Song

14. Simple Gifts

15. Down By The Riverside

16. The Shmenge Polka

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Track List: One Light, One Sun

1. Time To Sing

2. Apples And Bananas

3. Take Me Out To The Ball Game

4. Octopus's Garden

5. Fais Dodo

6. In My Garden

7. Riding In An Airplane

8. Like Me And You

9. Down On Grandpa's Farm

10. The Bowling Song

11. Tingalayo

12. Somewhere In The World

13. Walk Outside

14. De Colores

15. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

16. One Light, One Sun

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Track List: Rise And Shine

1. Rise And Shine

2. Walk, Walk, Walk

3. Thumbelina

4. Wheels On The Bus

5. Daniel

6. Five Little Ducks

7. He's Got The Whole World

8. Big Beautiful Planet

9. I'm In The Mood

10. Something In My Shoe

11. Michaud

12. Nursery Rhyme Instrumental

13. Tete, Epaules

14. Let's Do The Numbers Rhumba

15. Ducks Like Rain

16. Row, Row, Row

17. This Little Light Of Mine

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Track List: Baby Beluga

1. Baby Beluga

2. Biscuits In The Oven

3. Oats And Beans And Barley

4. Day-O

5. Thanks A Lot

6. To Everyone In All The World

7. All I Really Need

8. Over In The Meadow

9. This Old Man

10. Water Dance

11. Kumbaya

12. Joshua Giraffe

13. Morningtown Ride

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Track List: The Corner Grocery Store

1. You'll Sing A Song

2. Pick A Bale O' Cotton

3. Frere Jacques

4. There Came A Girl From France

5. Cluck, Cluck, Red Hen

6. Boom Boom

7. Here Sits A Monkey

8. My Way Home

9. Les Zombis Et Les Loups-Garous

10. Swing Low Sweet Chariot

11. Anansi

12. The Corner Grocery Store

13. Jig Along Home

14. Popcorn

15. Y A Un Rat / Sur Le Pont D'Avignion

16. Going On A Picnic

17. Rock-A-Bye Baby

18. Goodnight, Irene

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Track List: More Singable Songs

1. Six Little Ducks

2. You Gotta Sing

3. Les Petites Marionettes

4. Sodeo

5. Oh Me Oh My

6. Junior Ragtime

7. Comin' Down The Chimney

8. Douglas Mountain

9. Listen To The Horses

10. Who Built The Ark?

11. Sambalele

12. Skin And Bones

13. Shake My Sillies Out

14. If I Had A Dinosaur

15. Workin' On The Railroad

16. New River Train

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Track List: Singable Songs For The Very Young

1. The More We Get Together

2. Down By The Bay

3. Brush Your Teeth

4. Robin In The Rain

5. Five Little Frogs

6. I Wonder If I'm Growing

7. Aiken Drum

8. Bumping Up And Down

9. Must Be Santa

10. Willoughby Wallaby Woo

11. Spider On The Floor

12. Baa Baa Black Sheep

13. Going To The Zoo

14. My Dreydel

15. Peanut Butter Sandwich

16. Five Little Pumpkins

17. The Sharing Song

18. Mr. Sun

19. Old Mc Donald Had A Band

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Track List: Quiet Time

1. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

2. Listen To The Horses

3. Like Me And You

4. Nursery Rhyme Medley

5. Mary Wore Her Red Dress

6. Fais Do Do

7. Spring Flowers

8. Slow Day

9. Sunflower

10. Thanks A Lot

11. Row Row Row

12. Haru Ga Kita

13. Douglas Mountain

14. Rock-A-Bye Baby

15. Blessed Be

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My brother and I grew up listening to Raffi in the 80's/early 90's. Now my 3 year old loves him too!! Still remember all the words to the Rise and Shine album!
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When I was in college (late 80's/early 90's) I worked in a daycare. It was there that I first heard Singable Songs for the Very Young. The kids loved it! We listened to it over and over. Many years later, I play those same songs for my own kids! Thank you, Raffi, for your music!
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This version is much better than the one from the Wiggles.
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