Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales is a collection of recordings of some of the world’s biggest celebrities reading out traditional South African folk tales as chosen by Nelson Mandela.
The tales are perfectly charming by themselves, but there is added novelty in hearing Matt Damon sing out an African spell and Whoopi Goldberg take on the voice of a djin trapped in a bottle.
This 3 CD collection will appeal to adults and children alike and can be recommended for long trips or as children’s bedtime stories.
The Mantis and the Moon, as read by Forest Whittaker, provides as explanation for why the praying mantis adopts its thankful stance. Asmodeus and the Bottler of Djinns, as read by Whoopi Goldberg, follows the tale of a devilish sprite who tries to trick his way out of trouble.
The African landscape and tribal traditions play an important part in the stories. Lions, ants, alligators, wolves, snakes and Sultans all play a part. The tales are interspersed with singing and music, making the CD’s an ideal family listening experience.
The collection was nominated for a GRAMMY for children’s spoken word and has received a plethora of other awards – including an accolade from itunes.
Approximately 20% of the RRP from sales of CDs will go to ANSA – a charity which helps AIDS orphans – and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.