This is a School Competition Song...

Notes

Here's a "Souped up" version from a group in Washington DC in the US:

All:
We are coming
Everyone should be silent, silent
We are coming
Everyone should be silent, silent.

Lead: DC Divas
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: DC Divas
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Super branche*
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Super branche
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Capital City
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Capital City
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Barack Obama
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Barack Obama
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Hilary Clinton
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama
Lead: Hilary Clinton
All: Em-mama, em-mama, em-mama

All:
We are coming
Everyone should be silent, silent
We are coming
Everyone should be silent, silent

*Super branche - is French slang describing someone who is very fashionable, etc.

Nyango wrote, "With this song, the group lists things that make their school or town enviable. Hence the Sakerettes of DC mention the fact that they are from the Capital, they have Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, etc. "March Past"/parades are common back home (in Cameroon) on national holidays like the Youth Day, Independence Day, etc. School children all don their uniforms and go to the administrative city of their region where there is a Grand Stand. The head administrator - Governor of the Province, or Divisional Officer of a Division stands on the Grand Stand to observe each group, school, etc., march past. So, each school sings and tries to outdo the others. When I was that age, they used to give prizes to the best school but I don't know if they do now."

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Nyango M. Nambangi of the Minnesota African Women's Association for contributing this song.

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