About our music: Dedicated to cultural exchanges and fostering literacy through her music, books, and programs, Johnette Downing has performed all around the world. Johnette’s presentations celebrate childhood and speak to a child’s interests in an engaging, interactive, thought-provoking, educational, entertaining and culturally respectful way.
About this song: I continually strive to write and perform engaging, child-centered, thought-provoking, entertaining, and educational music that respects the sophistication and intelligence of children. My greatest musical influences come from being born in Louisiana, the birthplace of Dixieland jazz, jazz, Cajun, Creole and zydeco music. These rich musical influences, along with Afro-Caribbean rhythms, inspire my songwriting. The underlying music for “Monkey See, Monkey Do” has a Caribbean feel, and the lyrics invite children into the world of “pretend” as they swing and sway with joyful monkeys in the trees.
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: Some of my earliest childhood memories are of my parents, my siblings, and me in the French Quarter listening to Dixieland jazz. I want to share music with children the way my parents shared it with me at such a young age. I perform music for children to make children laugh and think, to share my musical culture, and to give children a reason to celebrate being children.
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