(A, B, C, Doubled Down D)
(Bat! Bat! Come Under My Hat)
(Deedle, Deedle, Dumpling! My Boy, Pete!)
(Don't Sing Out Before Breakfast)
(Frog in a Mill)
(I'll Get You Rabbit)
Call and Response Song
(Juba This and Juba That)
(Mama Don't You Cook No More)
(Mama's Going to Buy Him a Little Lap Dog)
(Mommy Went Away, She Told Me to Stay)
(Mr. Buzzard, Don't You Fly So High)
(One for the Money!)
(Peggy, Do You Love Me Now?)
(Pretty Little Butterfly)
(Rabbit in the Briar Patch)
(Rain, Rain, Rain All Around)
(Rose's Red, Violet's Blue)
(Snail! Snail! Come Out of Your Shell)
(Sugar in the Coffee-o)
(The Last of Jack)
(The Old Hen She Cackled)
(There Was a Little Grasshopper)
(Two Times One)
(Walking in the Parlor)
(You Love Your Girl)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Historical African American and more.
"Sunset" is a beautiful poem by Paul Laurence Dunbar. It’s a perfect time to read Dunbar’s poems in time for Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. His parents were emancipated slaves. He wrote his first poem at the young age of 6! His [...]
I love the rhythm and language of the poem "A Negro Love Song" by Paul Dunbar. It seems fitting to share given that Valentine’s Day is coming soon and it’s Black History Month. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872 – 1906) was born in Ohio. He wrote poems, plays and novels in both [...]
Brer Rabbit (Brother Rabbit) is a trickster figure in folktales from the South of the US. The character of the trickster, be it rabbit, spider (like anansi) or something else, has its roots in African stories. Brer Rabbit can be found in Joel Chandler Harris’ Uncle Remus [...]
American children’s folk singer Ella Jenkins released a new cd earlier this year. It’s called A Life of Song. Ella’s music is a lovely way to introduce kids to American folk songs and spirituals. She actually sings some of the songs with children on this cd. The cd [...]
I just posted “Mamy don’t yo’ cook no mo'” from the Work Projects Administration’s Slave Narratives. For that project, the government sent out interviewers to talk with and write down the memories of ex-slaves, many of whom were still alive. Thanks to this, today [...]
In the 1930’s, the US government did a series of interviews with former slaves. Project Gutenberg, just posted some of the interviews from Texas from 1936-1938. They’re called Slave Narratives. Wes Brady I pulled out some excerpts that revolved around songs that some of the [...]
The US government did a series of interviews with former slaves in the 1930’s. Project Gutenberg, has posted some of the interviews from Virginia. They’re called “Slave Narratives – A Folk History of Slavery in the United States – From Interviews with Former [...]
The folklorist, Iona Opie died on October 23rd. She was 94 years old. Iona and her husband Peter compiled one of the most comprehensive books about English nursery rhymes called The OxfordDictionary of Nursery Rhymes (1951). As a fellow collector of rhymes and songs, I have great respect for them. [...]
I was thrilled to discover recently that there are rhymes to help kids (and adults) learn how to knit! The most well-known knitting rhyme isto help you remember the basic knit stitch: In through the front door, Around the back Peep through the window, And off jumps Jack! Here’s a quick video [...]
Ayako Egawa shared this recipe for Somen Noodles. She calls it Somen with Kinshitamago (thinly sliced egg crepes) and Okra. Ayako is a frequent contributor to Mama Lisa’s World, sharing the traditions, songs and recipes of Japan. Somen is the name for our noodles that are popular to eat in [...]
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