A cappella for the nappy set.
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For as long as has been documented, parents have sung lullabies and
nursery rhymes to their children. But Helen Yeomans, a Devon based
singer/songwriter and mother of four has devised her own songs and
sought soulful renditions from across the globe to help sooth children
in a new way and encourage parents to sing to their offspring more often.
Named after a traditional South African lullaby, translated as `hush,
be quiet, don't cry,' she started the Thula Mama a capella singing
group in her home town of Totnes designed specifically to nourish the
needs of mums as well as their babies. Far from a traditional singing
group where children get together and sing, at Thula Mama it is the
mothers who sing, to soothe babies who are all pre-crawling age.
There is nothing more settling for a baby than a mother's calm voice,
and singing has a natural soothing effect for them. Also, singing
together is a way of developing a sense of community and is a
grounding and confidence-building activity for mothers who can often
feel very isolated. `The fact that they can soothe their babies with
just their voice, whatever their singing ability is very therapeutic
for them,' says founder Helen Yeomans. Similar groups are now set to
be rolled out to other towns and cities across the UK.
A Thula Mama CD, Soul Cool Babies with enchanting songs from places as
diverse as Africa, Spain, Russia, Hawaii and the USA is also
available, the perfect way to soothe your baby and experience the
bliss of singing with another, Tootsie Toolahs due for release
Spring 08, an eclectic mix including songs from Israel, Africa and the
deep American south.