Author(s): Zlata Sosa
Lullabies from around the world, with music arranged and performed by Plan 9, and others, in Wellington. Nineteen singers from around the world (including one from Aotearoa-New Zealand) each sing a lullaby from their own experience and culture. What is so unique about this lovely collection is while one or two of the singers are professional most are very literally amateurs who are singing from the heart lullabies they heard and learnt as children. Close your Eyes Lullabies from around the world has been produced by Wellington ESOL Home Tutor Service and grew from their desire to promote and celebrate the cultural diversity they experience every day. Many of the singers are migrants or came to New Zealand as refugees; some are first generation New Zealanders who have grown up with two cultures. Music producer, Christine Argyle, and Plan 9 (David Donaldson, Steve Roche and Janet Roddick) worked closely to create Close your Eyes. Their gentle, discreet backing supports each singer and alludes subtly to the culture from which each lullaby comes. Close your Eyes includes lullabies from England, Greece, Ethiopia, Samoa, Finland, India, Italy, the USA, Cambodia, Brazil, Iraq, Romania, Somalia, Hungary, France, China, the Netherlands, Argentina and Aotearoa-New Zealand.