(Bell a Ring a Yard)
(Brown Girl in the Ring)
(Flock of Birds, Oh)
Call and Response Song
(Day-O (The Banana Boat Song))
(Hill and Gully Rider)
(Long Time Girl, I Never See You)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Jamaica and more.
People in parts of Western Africa and Jamaica name their children after the day on which they were born… these include the Akan people in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, the Fon people in Benin, the Ewe people of Togo and the Maroons and other descendants of slaves in Jamaica, as well as [...]
I recently came across this short video (below) that shows some interesting styles of Jamaican Folk Dances. Here’s a breakdown of the dances you’ll see… 1. Ring Games – Danced in a circle – These were traditionally played and danced by adults and children alike. [...]
We’ve been asked for help finding the full lyrics to a Caribbean song called, "Emma Lemme (Let Me) Lone". Here’s the info we have so far: Beau wrote: "…looking for a song that I sang in Elementary School – it’s a Caribbean song I think, goes [...]
Toby Salmon from the band Kinkajous was kind enough to share a recording of the Jamaican song Mango Time with us. The recording comes from his new cd called Nursery Rhymes by The Kinkajous. The cd features a collection of 30 nursery rhymes with Caribbean flavor made for little ones and grown [...]
Sadie Campbell wrote on the Mama Lisa’s World Facebook Group asking for help with a Jamaican game song. Here’s what she wrote: I came across your Web site a few minutes ago and was led to this FB page. I was looking for the words we used to recite as children while playing a [...]
Victoria Mckenzie wrote: Does any one know the words for “hush mama baby” please, because my mum sings it to my daughter and it makes her fall asleep. All I know is… Hush mama baby, mama gone to market To buy a frock for mamas little girl. It’s from Jamaica. Hope that can [...]
Angelica wrote: We use to sing a song in school (1940s) with lyrics that went like this….”Leroy Leroy my boy be careful what you do, the tall papaya tree is much too high for you….so bring your basket down before you get a fall…” Have you heard of it? I sure would [...]
Juneteenth celebrates June 19th, 1865, when it was announced in the U.S. that slavery was abolished in Texas and the Confederate South. Juneteenth is celebrated on the state level in 45 states. To celebrate, there are public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. People also sing songs like [...]
“Ooey Gooey was a Worm” is a great poem for little kids to learn and recite. The words are as follows: Oooey gooey was a worm And a mighty worm was he He sat upon a railroad track And a train he did not see, Oooey Gooey! You can hear it recited in the video […] [...]
Lawrence Silverman sent us this email about the song, “Nuts in May” with the note, “I grew up (a long time ago) in the depths of rural England when many old customs now forgotten were still observed. I don’t like to think of them being altogether forgotten. I’d be [...]
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Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
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