Lullabies From the "Axis of Evil"

In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush singled out Iran, Iraq, and North Korea and their allies as part of an "axis of evil." In response to this branding, the Norwegian Eric Hillestade traveled to Iraq, Palestine, Iran and North Korea to record lullabies mothers sang to their children. The result is a new compilation called “Lullabies from the Axis of Evil.” The album contains lullabies from Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Palestine, Syria, Afghanistan and Cuba, sung by women from these countries, along with a western version sung by singers like Nina Hagen (Germany), Eddi Reader (Scotland), and Lila Downs (USA/Mexico). Hear some of these lullaby collaborations from the project on this edition of New Sounds. Also, lullabies from Rinde Eckert, Tom Waits, the World Sax Quartet, the Dylan Group, and more.

PROGRAM #2290 Lullabies (First aired Tues. 6/1/2004)





George Crumb

Ancient Voices of Children, et al.

Berceuse for the Infant Jesus [1:00]

CRI #803. Out of print.

Hasmik Harutyunyan & Shoghaken Ensemble

Armenian Lullabies

Taroni Heyroor [4:30]

Traditional Crossroads #4321*

Bukkene Bruse

Bukkene Bruse

Miriam's Lullaby [4:00]

Norway Music # 4053, Available at*

Rinde Eckert

Do The Day Over

Lullaby [3:00]

City of Tribes #007

Various Artists

Lullabies From The Axis of Evil

Dilelol (Sleep My Child) [5:30] Peace Song [4:30]

Kirkelig Kulturverksted #269

Various Artists

Big Bad Love (soundtrack)

Tom Waits: Jayne's Blue Wish [2:30]

Nonesuch #79637***

The Dylan Group

More Adventures In Lying Down

Some Kind of Lullaby [8:00]

Bubblecore #201

World Saxophone Quartet w/African Drums


Lullaby [5:00]

Nonesuch #79258***

Musci & Venosta

Messages & Portraits

Lullabies [3:30]

ReR #ReRMVCD, distr.*

George Crumb


Quest V: Nocturnal, excerpt [4:30]

Bridge #9028***

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