Friday, October 11, 2019

Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays - a musicwrap

Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays 
Songs and StoriesThat Celebrate Global Light

Katherine Dines Offers 13 songs about Celebrations around the World; 
Available Now from and

Katherine Dines, a trailblazing and Grammy-nominated independent family music artist, presents a new album of 13 songs and some interesting stories and facts about how people around the world celebrate holidays.  "Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays" is meant for growing families, and is available from CDBaby and  It's her 12th album. 

In Her Own Words

"Holidays are essential; they bring people together.  And as populations increase, families fracture, and people with different beliefs and customs spread further and further apart, holidays, and their joyous celebrations, are needed more than ever."

"Our ancestors depended on the sun, moon and stars to guide their lives, from planting and harvesting to their social rituals. Holidays at different times of the year celebrate the waxing and waning of the light as well as a shared faith and community."  

Dines captures the wonder and joy of these season celebrations with songs that reflect traditional music as well as the stories behind each holiday. She presents stories and songs about familiar holidays such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, as well as celebrations that may not be as familiar:  Chinese New Year, Diwali, Kwanzaa an Ramadan.  Danes wrote most of the songs, except for "Ramadan", by educator-musician Nancy Stewart, and "Friendly Beasts", which is based on the a 12th century Latin Hymn. 

Mission of the Album

The intention of "Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays: Stories and Songs that Celebrate Global Light" is to create unity through stories and songs that rise beyond cultural, ethnic, political and religious divides. It was written and recorded in love for all humankind in hopes that we might celebrate some of the major global holidays together on this astounding planet under the same sun, moon and stars.

Artists Bio

Katherine Dines is an award-winning children's songwriter, recording and teaching artist who performs throughout the world. Since 1992, her Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta® Music has garnered numerous national awards including a Grammy nomination, while her concerts continue to captivate children and family audiences of all sizes. An advocate for literacy and early childhood education through the arts, she serves on several national boards, presents keynote addresses and educational workshops, writes and produces songs for a host of clients, and licenses her material to projects for children.  For more information please visit or the Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Music Facebook page for the latest information.  

"Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta Holidays"/Katherine Dines
Track List 
43 minutes TRT

* Somewhere in the World
* A Long Time Ago
*Thanks to the Sun
* Nian (Chinese New Year) 
* Light Rises Over Darkness (Divali)
* Stars
* Eight Little Candles (Hanukkah)
* The Friendly Beasts (Traditional Christmas)
* Forever Evergreen
* The Sun Will Rise
* Ramadan
* Kwanzaa
* Joy

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