Karen Mackenzie wrote to me looking for help with a song called Kouralengay. It’s most likely from Tanzania or West Africa. Here are the lyrics, midi tune and score…
Chum chum pa
Koura lengay kalenkana
Chum chum pa
Ona ding onka
Ding ding ding
Listen to a recording of this song here.
I have come across this song in two separate books and one claims it is from Tanzania. Can you confirm or deny this for me and if it is, what do the words mean and what is the origin?
…Yes, this book [where it can be found] is Music in the Early Years by Susan Young but I originally found it in Lucinda Geoghehan’s "Song and Rhymes for Middle Years". The trouble is, I have learnt that picking up songs from people and authors who are not directly from the source, all sorts of misunderstandings and assumptions can occur!!!
If anyone can let us know specific countries where this song is sung, please comment below. We would also like to find out what language it’s in and what it means.
Thanks in advance!
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