This is probably the best-known Moroccan lullaby. It's called "Nini ya moumou". You can find the pronunciation below the song.

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Notes

Transliteration

Nini ya momo

nini ya moomoo
Hatta yTib 3shana
oo ila ma Tab 3shana
yTib 3sha jiranna.

Nini ya moomoo
Hatta tji 3andoo moo
Booboo falmidiya
Qaqa faSSiniya

All "i" are pronounced "ee"
"3" is a sort of "ah" pronounced down in the throat
"T" is a dark "t" pronounced with the roof of the mouth upwards
"H" is a sort of strong "h"
"j" like in "leasure"
"q" is a dark "k", pronounced with the roof of the mouth upwards
"S" is a dark "s" pronounced with the roof of the mouth upwards

Listen

In the recordings you can hear the 1st verse sung over again.

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Many thanks to Bernard Prima for sharing his recording with us.

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Many thanks to Khadija for singing the first verse of this lullaby.

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - نيني يا مومو

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Monique Palomares for the translation and the midi tune.

Illustration: Walter Satterlee

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