Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Sings a Mouthful of Holidays

All cultures and religions have their own rituals, celebrations, and holidays. Longtime children’s musician Katherine Dines and her Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Band honor life’s traditions with their latest release, “Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Holidays: Stories and Songs that Celebrate Global Light.

“Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Holidays” tackles the festival season.

The album’s concept goes deeper than a Christmas song here and a Kwanzaa song there. Katherine and crew give a little background before every song, with surprise, mostly original material, some adapted from other sources (all credited in the liner notes and booklet). Katherine has traveled around the world and has listened to traditional music wherever she’s been. The 13 tracks on Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Holidays” present an atlas through children’s music.

“Light Rises Over Darkness (Diwali)” gives insight into the celebrations of the Hindu culture. “Stars” and “Eight Little Candles in a Window” tell the story of Hanukkah. “The Friendly Beasts” is all about the animals in the manger as well as the ones who traveled to Bethlehem with gifts for the newborn Jesus. “The Sun Will Rise” discusses the Muslim tradition of Ramadan, with no eating from dawn to dusk. “Kwanzaa!” is about buying used cars. Wait a second – it’s about what else? The song describes many of the terms behind the African-American holiday, such as “KiSawahili,” for family, community, and history.

I’m just giving brush strokes here, but also a caution. If you want to save some songs from “Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Holidays.” without the introductions, you’re going to need to editing software to snip those segments – they are embedded into each track. Otherwise, hunker down in your home and have a heaping helping of holiday cheer with the Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Band.

Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta Holidays: Stories and Songs that Celebrate Global Light is available from Hunk-Ta Bunk-Ta’s websiteAmazon, and Apple Music.

Here is the video for the band’s song, “Light Rises Over Darkness”:

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This post was last modified on October 27, 2019 6:53 pm

Jeffrey Cohen: @https://twitter.com/MrJeff2000 Born and raised in New York (with a brief sojourn in New Jersey during his preteen years), Jeffrey Cohen lives in New York with his two sons. He has reviewed children's music for the past nine years on his own blog. Jeff's podcast, "MrJeff2000 Explains It All" is available through iTunes.