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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
- Here’s a pretty song from the Marshall Islands called "Ukot Boke". "This song is about thanking your mother and your father for their love and for everything they have done for you.." -Benjamin (singer in the video) If anyone can provide the Marshallese lyrics to this song and/or an English translation, please comment below or […] Read more »
- Fairies a magical creatures that all kids should hear about! Here’s a poem about them called, Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? It was written by English poet, Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839). You can hear the poem sung below. It sounds like a lullaby. MP3 Recording of Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? […] Read more »
- Claire sent us some lyrics to an African song with a translation that seems much longer than the original lyrics. She’d like to know to which African country this rowing song belongs to. Would anyone be familiar with it? Original Lyrics: Banga titi para biani Banga titi para biani Refrain: Eléléyo, éléléyo, yo, éléléyo Yo, […] Read more »
- Jessica wrote, "Here is the video of my husband’s great grandma (102) reciting a fingers and toes rhyme (Swedish origin perhaps?)." Can anyone help identify the language of the rhyme, write out the words and/or help with a translation? If so, please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! -Mama Lisa Read more »
- In Turkey and Turkmenistan, children go door-to-door for Ramadan singing and asking for a gift (like candy or coins). "As the holy month of Ramadan gets under way, children in Turkmenistan are taking part in one of the local customs associated with the holiday: visiting their neighbors and asking for gifts as they sing a […] Read more »
- We would like to add a song from Turkmenistan to Mama Lisa’s World. The following song is about feminine beauty. If anyone can help with the Turkmen lyrics and/or a translation, please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa Read more »
- Matsuo Bash? (1644 - 1694) was the master of Haiku! Here you can listen to some of his haiku about the moon in Japanese and English. You can read along with the Japanese text, the pronunciation, the English translations and commentary…. MP3 of Basho’s Haiku about the Moon ??'??'???'???????? kumo ori ori / hito o […] Read more »
- Carolina L. M. wrote to us from Colombia about Love and Friendship Day (El Día de Amor y Amistad)… Hello! My name is Carolina I am a teacher in Colombia, South America! In schools we do not celebrate Valentine’s Day in February, but we do celebrate Love and Friendship Day the third Saturday in September! […] Read more »