As children grow up, we use cartoons to show them how things function in real life, explain them more about feelings and relationships in a way they can understand. We also show them how to deal with certain situations and people. Cartoons contain some valuable life lessons. With Peppa Pig children learn about making friends and friendship, how to accept and appreciate our differences, about positive things of playing outdoors. Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony teach youngsters about friendship, telling them it is something very precious and important, and showing how that with the help of friends you can resolve any problem. Bo on the go gets kids familiar with all the charms of physical culture. My second son, who is three and a half, imitates all the exercises Bo and her friends are doing. I find this very useful, especially during long winter months when we are not spending so much time outside. Animated movies based on fairy tales produced by Disney, Pixar or DreamWorks, teach us lying is wrong and that we should always listen to our conscience – a message from Pinocchio. With Dumbo and the Ugly Duckling we learn that it’s okay to be different and to accept and love ourselves. Children, especially boys, are very fond of Pixar cartoon Cars. It is much more than an ordinary car race. If you haven’t seen it, you have to check out this cartoon, which shows that it is not all about winning the race. Some other things are more important, such as the race itself, getting to know the route and the friends we make along the way Up teaches us that love is possible at any age, and that long lasting friendships are the most precious thing in life. It is only thing that counts. Kung Fu Panda helps children discover there is no “secret recipe” that can guarantee success in anything, or rather that they have that recipe inside themselves – it is their inner strength, determination and will to do what their heart and imagination desire and to be what they trully are.
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Album: Cookin’ Gumbo [ALBUM]
Track: 1 of 12
Title: Ram Ad Anifinitum
Artist: Captain Planet
Label: Bastard Jazz Recordings
Digital Release: 5th September 2011
Physical Release: 19th September 2011
About This Release:
After the release of three highly successful 12″ EPs (2005’s Gumbo Funk, 2009’s Speakin’ Nuyorican, and 2011’s Ningane EP), Brooklyn’s Bastard Jazz Recordings are proud to finally present the full length artist album by Captain Planet, entitled Cookin’ Gumbo. This full length expounds on the vibe of his previous releases and explores the Captain’s penchant for taking sounds from all corners of the globe and applying his hip-hop production sensibilities to making dancefloor + otherwise electronic music, tossed into the Captain’s gumbo pot and spit out in the form of an irresistible album.
Coming from an early background in punk rock and rap music, Charlie Bethel (aka Captain Planet) began making hip-hop beats at an early age on archaic equipment, digging for samples in the usual Funk, Soul and Jazz wells – all the while developing a taste for Reggae and African music. After being offered a primetime slot playing strictly international music on WNYU’s “Passport” radio show, Charlie began digging deeper and deeper into music from Africa, Jamaica, the West Indies, India, Latin America and the Far East – eventually coming into possession of the entire World music library at Lincoln Center’s Public Library. Flipping these same World records the way Hip-Hop producers traditionally sample, these international sounds began creeping into the tracks that the Captain was producing for a few Hip-Hop groups at the time, before realizing these beats stood on their own and could function as a different kind of dance music, thus giving birth of his “Gumbo Funk” style of his production. His 2005 debut 12″ in conjunction with Bastard Jazz Recordings sold thousands of copies in no-time, and put the Captain on the radar of up-and-coming producers to watch – leading to more EPs and remixes for the likes of Vieux Farka Toure, Alice Russell and The Pimps of Joytime – as well as seeing his music placed on HBO’s Entourage and CBS’s CSI: NY.
Fast forward to 2011 and the release of Cookin’ Gumbo – the Captain’s first full length album, collecting previous vinyl-only released favorites, as well as a slew of brand new joints. Things open up on “Ram Ad Infinitum,” with it’s deep & spiritual Hindu vibe, yet hard hitting head crackin’ drum break, expert chops and buzzing synths. Next up is “Get You Some,” a catchy sure fire radio hit with vocals from up-and-coming LA soulstress Brit Lauren on top of a tough bossa-nova inspired beat that fans of Captain Planet will recognize from his incredibly popular and oft-played remix of Erykah Badu’s “Cleva.” We stay for a in Brazil with both the funky “Macumba.” the party starting drum’n’bass meets hip-hop in Rio vibes of “Fumando,” and “Samba Radiante 2011,” a total dancefloor reconstruction of a popular track from the Captain’s first EP! Next we’re off to Africa with “Ningane,” a tough horn driven slice of hard afro beat with vocals from the Congo’s Fredy Massamba (previously known for his vocals on famous South African house tunes by Bodhi Satva and Ezel), and the electro Nigerian bomb that is “Lagos Speedway.” We also call on Puerto Rico (“Dame Agua,” “Speakin’ Nuyorican”), Japan (“One for Japan”) the funky American South (“Another Dollar,” “On Yer Feet”) and more on this funky worldwide journey.
Captain Planet will be touring the US and UK in support for Cookin’ Gumbo, with release parties happening Sept 6th in LA at the Afro Funke party at Zanzibar in Los Angeles, September 9th in Brooklyn at Southpaw with the Turntables on the Hudson crew, and Sept 16th at Afrolicious in San Francisco. The Ningane EP, a 12″ leading up to the full album release is out now and has already generated a large amount of buzz on websites like Mad Decent, Pop Matters, OkayAfrica, Giant Step, Oliver Wang’s Soul-Sides.com, This is Africa, and many others.
Reviews for This Release:
“Captain Planet, the nom de remix of Charlie Bethel, scours world-music record crates to create mind-bending dance tracks.” – The New Yorker