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The two-CD set Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written by Nature Vol. 1 & 2, available November 5, 2013 for a suggested retail price of $19.99, digital download $15.99, and individual songs on iTunes for $1.29, is inspired by the book by Aaron Ableman and produced by a company called BALANCE. It follows the adventures of Pacha, a little girl whose magical pajamas whisk her away every night to imaginary worlds where she discovers the power to make a difference in the world and within herself.
One night while sleeping Pacha dreams that the animals and plants on her new pajamas come alive. Disguised as a small gorilla, she comes upon an unlikely group of creatures feeling sad about the world. Nature unites to tell its captivating story at a global festival where species have come together to bring balance to the planet. Fun-filled acts include an insect band called The Beetles, a black-eyed pea rapping for a better world and a beaver named Just-in-Time. At the end of the show, Pacha shares an important message for all nature and humanity.
“Pacha’s Pajamas utilizes the core languages of popular culture – storytelling, music and dance – to support the healthy development of today’s kids,” says Ableman. “The story and songs are not only magical and fun, but also address important topics like staying healthy, ecological sustainability and the power of imagination and dreams.”
Pacha’s Pajamas Vol. 1 had a limited release last year for award consideration only and won the People’s Choice for Best Children’s Music in the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards and a Parents’ Choice Recommendation.
Featured celebrity artists on the two-CD set include Mos Def, Cheech Marin, Les Nubians, Talib Kweli, Majora Carter, Lester Chambers, the Agape Youth Choir and Lyrics Born. The album also includes rising kid stars Bentley Green (9 million+ YouTube hits), Lil Jaxe, Ta’kaiya Blaney, Amanda Raya, Felecity, Milo McFly, Jaheem, MC Fireworks and Devyn Tyson. Luminaries Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org; Rev. Michael Bernard Beckwith, author and leader of the Agape International Spiritual Center; and 12 year old environmental leader Avalon Theisen, star of the The Autism Channel's new series Nature Tracks with Avalon, are also featured.
Song tracks – which covers a wide range of global social, environmental, health and other issues – includeMagical Pajamas (asthma), Into the Dream (plastic pollution), Occupy Pacha Jamma (intergenerational justice),Horses Don’t See Colors (anti-racism), Jungle Work (disaster relief), Frog Talk (amphibian protection), We Are All Connected (oneness), Rock Nation (climate change) and much more.
Pacha's Pajamas is also a part of Imagination Heals, a new program that brings award-winning inspirational music and stories to hospitalized children across the United States and soon in Canada. As part of the initiative, participating hospitals receive donated Pacha’s Pajamas albums, books, and musical performances for patients. The program recently received its pilot sponsorship through a generous donation from A Forever Recoveryand Best Drug Rehabilitation.
A separate CD, Pacha’s Pajamas: The Songs also to be released Nov. 5th, features 12 songs from Vol. 1 & 2 without the storytelling, and will retail for $12.99, download digital for $9.99, individual songs on iTunes for $1.29 each.
Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature products are available at the Pacha’s Pajamas websitewww.pachaspajamas.com, amazon.com, CDBaby.com and other online retailers. An ebook is planned for future release.
BALANCE is a social enterprise that produces pop culture that supports the healthy development of today’s children. Balance’s flagship is the award-winning musical, Pacha’s Pajamas. BALANCE’s aim is to create brands and programs that help kids understand and navigate their world, so that they may relate and create at their highest potential. For more information, visit www.balanceedutainment.com.
Title: Pacha’s Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature Vol. 1 & 2
Format: 2-disc CD set
Category: Children, Ages 5 - 10
R/T: Approximately 88 minutes
SRP: $19.99, includes PPR
Digital Download: $15.99, includes PPR
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