The trouble is, so much chart music nowadays is totally inappropriate for 5 year olds (or teenagers for that matter). If you can actually hear the lyrics, chances are you'd be pretty shocked by some of them. And don't even get me started on some of the videos which look more like x - rated movies.
Well, enter Zeamu Music a new record label that’s been launched specifically for children aged 4 to 11 by a collective made up of some of the music industry’s hottest producers, musicians and composers.
As parents themselves, the founders of Zeamu Music couldn't find any music specifically made for kids. There is music for babies and toddlers and then mainstream pop - but nothing for the little folk in between. Therefore, they decided to create some really great, original pop tunes for kids that they could feel cool listening to, that had lyrics about topics they think and care about and that their parents wouldn't mind listening to! It was also important that the songs be sung by kids, making it even more relevant to children.
We've had the CD in the car now for about a month, and I have to say it's the most requested (whispers: even over One Direction!). We all sing along to it, and each have our favourites.
Ruby and her Dad like "doing the Robot" a funny song about a boy's embarrassment at Dad's dodgy wedding party dance moves. The lyrics are really very funny.
I really like "put your arms around me" with it's reggae intro and catchy chorus, it reminds me very much of a Lily Allen tune.
It's genuinely a lovely album to listen to together, with absolutely no fear you'll be put in the awkward position of explaining something far too adult for impressionable ears!
The characters that feature in the videos, are also identifiable on the website where you'll find a host of free downloads including all the lyrics. I did try to get a video of Ruby singing along, but she's suddenly become camera shy and point blank refused.
Nevermind, you can have a listen to one of the tunes here:
The CD or download version is available to buy online at the Zeamu shop or if you're very lucky, you could win one here.
To grab a chance of winning a copy of the CD, simply complete the rafflecopter below. The closing date is 12:00 on Monday 28th October 2013 and the giveaway is open to entrants in the UK and USA only. The prize will be fulfilled by the record company please allow at least 28 days from winner's notification for receipt. One winner will be selected from correct entries at random.
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Disclosure: This giveaway is brought to you in association with Zeamu Music who also provided me with a copy of the CD for the purposes of this review.