TORONTO (CBS News) — He may not look like a rock star, but for a certain shorter fanbase, Raffi is just that. “I’m the lucky guy whose songs apparently delight children,” he said.
He’s been playing children’s music for more than 40 years, has been nominated for three Grammy Awards; sold more than 15 million records, and has the generations of fans to prove it.
“I mean, this has just been amazing,” said one woman. “We raised our kids on Raffi. And now we’re raising our grandkids on Raffi. So we just love it.”
Raffi told correspondent Serena Altschul, “The children are having all kinds of fun, but so are the adults now, ’cause they’re remembering their own childhoods.”
Raffi’s childhood began in Egypt, where he was born Raffi Cavoukian in 1948. In the hope of a better life, his father decided to move his minority Armenian-Christian family out of the country when Raffi was just 10 years old.
“He felt that that bright future wasn’t possible staying behind in Egypt,” Raffi said. “He loved his kids, and he came to Canada for us to live in a free country.”