On the 25th of May every year, Africans across the globe celebrate African day, a day that commemorates the founding of the first union of African countries in 1963. African Day is a day of celebrating the socio-economic achievements of the continent, and many Africans have taken to celebrating Africa throughout May, which is called ‘African Month’; it is truly a time to love being African. This year’s celebration focuses on the importance of nutrition amongst children and wants to use the African day to raise awareness of African countries suffering from malnutrition; a noble cause indeed. Asides from curbing malnutrition, music distribution & A&R company Platoon is seizing this opportunity to celebrate African Day with the initiative tagged “African Lullabies PT.2.”
The compilation project is a follow-up to “African Lullabies PT.1,” released in October 2021 in collaboration with South African artists and songwriters. The latest edition done by the Apple-owned music distribution company features artists like Asa, Karun, Simi, Wurld, Teni, Ayra Starr, Psalms of Suli, Olayinka, Manana, Ntisika, Aymos, and Tresor, who all used their experiences from childhood and parenting to make beautiful songs that evoke beautiful memories in the minds of listeners and opens an entirely new world to children. Some songs like ‘Iya Ni Wura’ were remixed, and Simi’s voice on the track made it more angelic and made listeners remember the love a mother gives. You might think that this project is done specifically for children, but it cuts across all ages because we still have a child in us no matter what. These songs make our inner child free and serve as a link to our childhood memories. The songs on the project include Hello Little One, One Day, Iya Ni Wura, Stars, Busuku Benzolo, Dream Lullaby, Never Alone, Lullaby Song, and many more.
While working on the project, Nigerian singer Ayra Starr said, “It’s important for more African lullabies to be made because African children need more representation. We didn’t see a lot of that growing up, there weren’t a lot of black dolls, and I didn’t get to see a lot of that growing up. I think that African lullabies will inspire children in different ways.” Asides from inspiring children, I think these lullabies will remind the children of their roots and something to call their own; the next generation will listen to projects like this and know where they come from and their language.
Kudos to Platoon for creating a project like this and recognizing the need for African children to have their music; to have something from their culture in a world where children don’t have music created for them, especially songs written in the child’s mother tongue. Listen to “African Lullabies PT.2” here and be lulled back to your childhood memories; play this for your children and enjoy.