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World Music CD Reviews North American

Radmilla Cody

By Randall Barnwell
Published January 14, 2008

Precious Friends— Songs for Children
Canyon

Radmilla’s new collection of story-songs, sung in English and Navajo, is a must-have CD for any parent of any child anywhere. And when you hear it, you’ll immediately shoot back to “kid-dom.” Cody’s passion and joy is contagious, and you’ll find yourself singing along to old favorites like “Little Horned Toad,” “Bah Bah Black Sheep,” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb.” A song about the delicious and fattening “Fry Bread” will open a new world for non-Native American kids. Probably the most appealing thing about this CD is the vitality of the performances by Radmilla and company. The songs bounce and flow with traditional Navajo instruments mixed with guitar and percussion. Cleverly deployed sound effects help to ignite the imagination. Lambs and other critters make appearances throughout the album, a technique that succeeds quite nicely in bringing you into the world of Ms. Cody and her fellow musicians.