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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of New Zealand:
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    "Ging Gang Goolie" was written by Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, for the 1st World Scout Jamboree in 1920.  Kids from 34 countries attended the event. The song is gibberish on purpose so that kids all over the world who speak different languages can sing along and not feel like the song is... Read more »
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    Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili,... Read more »
  • Here’s a poem about a girl turning six, written by New Zealand’s poet Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923).  The writing is slightly old-fashioned, but I find it feels more modern in the recording below.  It was recited by Gabrielle C. MP3 Recording of On a Young Lady's Sixth Anniversary... Read more »
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    Dragons Under My Bed is New Zealand singer and songwriter Kath Bee’s first cd.  Kids will love her friendly style of singing.  Kath’s New Zealand accent is charming.  Her rhythms are upbeat and the lyrics clear and understandable (a must for kids).  The lyrics and themes are fun too… dragons (of course!), animals at the... Read more »
  • Here are two mother themed poems by Lola Ridge (1873 – 1941). I’m posting these now since we’re so close to Mothers Day… Mama Mama’s face is smooth and pale as tea-rose leaves. That ivory oval of aunt Gem you sucked the miniature off had black black hair like mama.... Read more »
  • Sharon wrote: Hi Lisa, This is really a shot in the dark, but I’m wondering if you know of a song, which I believe is Maori. A friend of mine taught it to me, but she doesn’t know the translation or anything else about it. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of it, and if so,... Read more »
  • E Papä Waiari is a song and a stick game played in New Zealand. John Archer, of the site New Zealand Folk Song, wrote me, “Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world learn the Maori stick tossing song ‘E Papa Waiari’.” According to his site, this is a stick game which are... Read more »
  • Heather was nice enough to send me a few recordings of some American children’s songs that she did. She sent me mp3’s of the following songs: I’m Popeye the Sailor Man (Spoof) Don’t Put Your Trash in My Backyard/Fish and Chips and Vinegar Animal Fair Home on the Range/Oh Give Me a Home (the regular song and a... Read more »
  • Leah wrote: Hi. I remember singing the chicken dance, as a young child, but can’t remember the words. I think the start went “Kapu kapu, ringa ringa, paki paki…” but am unsure how it finishes. Could you help me? Thanks, Leah If anyone can help with this song, please comment below or email me. Thanks! -Mama Lisa Read more »
  • Ann Romano wrote me: Hello Lisa Do you know the words to a Kiwi Song that I heard recently? It started with Taranaki Shoe Shine Boy, and 2nd line was, I will follow you etc. I just loved the song, but can’t seem to find the wording anywhere. If you have the lyrics... Read more »

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