This is a "welcome dance" song that's sung as a call-and-response.

Fanga Alafia - Nigerian Children's Songs - Nigeria - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Further explanation of the lyrics...

Yoruba Words

Alafia: A greeting, like hello with the meaning of "good health" or "peace" (like "shalom"). Alafia is a type of traditional welcome dance.
Fanga: A traditional welcome dance. It's often misspelled as "funga".
Ashe: (Pronounced "ah-shay") The Yoruba believe "ashe" is a basic force emanating from the Creator that unites all living and non-living things. Some translate it as "amen" (although that word has more western connotations).

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Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Fanga Alafia

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Monique Palomares for the illustration.

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