December 19th, 2014
Check out Celebrating Christmas Musical Traditions Around the World to learn about different holiday traditions. You can take a virtual holiday trip to Mexico, South Korea, Norway, Australia and Nigeria. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
November 4th, 2013
Emanuela works in a school with young kids from different countries. She asked if anyone could help with some questions about how children are cared for and disciplined in various cultures. Here’s her letter: I have a special request to you and I think you can help me because you know people of many cultures. […]
June 26th, 2013
I came across this YouTube video of kids in Nigeria playing two circle dance games. The songs are quite fun! The lyrics are in English. English is the official language of Nigeria even though over 500 languages are spoken there. You can find most of the lyrics below the video. Song #1 To play: […]
July 17th, 2010
This month, we added the following African countries to Mama Lisa’s World of Songs: Nigeria (Song in Yoruba) Gabon (Song in French) Algeria (Song in Kabyle) We now have songs from 22 African countries!
June 13th, 2010
Warning: This song is extremely catchy! All you have to do is listen to the mp3 below and then watch the video at the link and you’ll be singing it for weeks. This song is called “Marry Me” or “A Little Sailor Boy”. It’s about men in different professions coming to ask a young lady […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
May 1st, 2006
In an earlier entry, I wrote about the history of Labor Day. In case you were wondering, here are some of the countries where demonstrations were held or where Labor Day was in some way honored around the world today (in some cases against the wishes of the government)â€¦ Russia Belarus Japan Germany Italy Philippines […]
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of
the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
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