(Good Child, Forgive Me)
(The Ostrich Song)
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Gambia and more.
Del Dallimore has been living in Gambia in Africa for many years. She works in the local clinic and helps at the school. Here’s what she wrote the other day about the local meaning of her dream about food… "Weird dream last night. Dreamed my children were still little, and there [...]
Recently, Del in Gambia sent us photos of the Kankurang, a central figure in male circumcision traditions in Gambia. I just received this note from Del: I did a bit of research and came up with this: Kankurang The Kankurang is part of the Gambian male circumcision ceremony. Most boys are [...]
Del Dallimore shared these photos from Gambia Africa of the Kankurang. She wrote, “He is the circumciser, and snatches certain kids away from their homes. No wonder the kids are terrified! The children and often the parents try and avoid the Kankurang – so a male child can be [...]
Del wrote from The Gambia, “Lisa – today is also the Muslim celebration of Koriteh – after the Ramadan fast. So people here too are very happy.” I read that kids go around to houses asking for “salibo” (sweets or money) just like the western Halloween. Happy [...]
I blogged recently about how Del Dallimore has been collecting Gambian children’s songs on YouTube. Del took these photos below of scarecrows in the rice fields of Brufut, Gambia. I thought it was interesting how they look different from those here in the US. The scarecrows in [...]
Delyth Dallimore recently sent me the wonderful video below from The Gambia… The lyrics to the video can be found on our new Gambian song pages. The video is on the Mandinka language. Del is collecting videos of Gambian children’s songs on her YouTube channel. Here’s what she [...]
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 [...]
The Ant Explorer was written by the humorousAustralian poet, C. J. Dennis (1876– 1938).It was first published inA Book for Kidsin 1921. This poem is about the sugar ant, which comes from Australia Below you can listen to an mp3 recording of the poem and read along with the text. MP3 The Ant [...]
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