(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 [...]
"Patience" is a great poem about the importance of forbearance. Often you’ll just hear the 1st verse recited like a proverb. You can listen to the poem below and read along with the text. MP3 of the Poem Patience Patience By Anna M. Pratt If a string is in a knot, Patience will [...]
I bought a large bag of raw almonds recently. It was a 3 lb. bag for $12. A great deal! My family loves when I roast them. Yum! Delicious and good for you. Here’s my recipe… Recipe for Salted Roasted Almonds Ingredients 2-3 pounds Raw Almonds 1 1/2 teaspoons Sea Salt 1 1/2 Tablespoons [...]
"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 [...]
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