music was revolutionized by the recordings of Egypt-born and British
Columbia-based singer-songwriter Raffi. Although he launched his musical
career as a Bob
Dylan and Joni Mitchell-inspired singer-songwriter, Raffi
had his greatest success when he directed his performances and
recordings to youngsters during the 1980s. Raffi's albums of children's
music have sold more than eight million copies worldwide and have led to
him being called, "The Bruce Springsteen of the younger set".
continued to focus on children's music throughout the late-1970s and
1980s. Although he recorded an adult-oriented album, Love Light, in
1977, Raffi turned his total attention to the younger set the following
year. In 1983, Raffi received the prestigious Order of Canada, the
country's highest civilian award, for the work with children.
After taking a year off from performing, in 1989, Raffi re-invented himself as a "eco-troubadour", performing songs about the environment for adults as well as youngsters upon his return. An album of ecologically-minded songs, Evergreen Everblue, was released in 1990.
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