(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.
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 [...]
I recently heard, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner" for the first time. It’s said when someone wins something. We were curious to learn more, so we asked on the Mama Lisa’s Facebook Group the question, "Do you ever say, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner"? If so, [...]
Ayako wrote from Japan about a Japanese dish called Kuromame that’s made for the New Year. Here’s her email and recipe… Hi Lisa, Happy New Year! I had a guest from the US come to my home on New Year’s Day. So I cooked Osechiryori (New Year’s food) for him. Kuromame is [...]
Happy New Year! Here’s a poem for the new year by Laura E. Richards from her book "Five Minute Stories". It was published back in 1895. You can listen to a lovely recording of it being sung by Ezwa and read along with the text below… MP3 of New Year Song New Year Song [...]
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