(Bell a Ring a Yard)
(Hill and Gully Rider)
(Brown Girl in the Ring)
(Day-O (The Banana Boat Song))
(Long Time Girl, I Never See You)
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Jamaica and more.
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 [...]
Welcome Songs and Goodbye Songs are very popular in many countries in Africa. They’re often sung in schools when there’s a visitor. Here’s a sweet song from Uganda that’s sung by schoolchildren from the town of Igana. You’ll find the lyrics below followed by a [...]
Yodeling began as a way of communicating over long distances in mountainous regions. It’s believed that people as early as the Stone Ages yodeled! To yodel you alternate the voice between low and high pitches.The low pitches come from the chest and the high pitches come from the head region. [...]
The Week has an interesting article about identifying languages at a glance. A lot of it involves language specific accents. Check it out! [...]
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