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"The Little Blue Bus is the debut album from Michael O’Halloran, celebrated Australian singer/songwriter (and former primary school teacher). It’s a 14 track collection of folk songs filled with gorgeous harmonies, lilting fiddle, washes of dobro (a resonator guitar), sweet mandolin and banjo and tells the tales of life in Australia, from the desert to […]
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Monique Palomares wrote about the meaning and history of the Native American song "Ani Couni"… Ani Couni is a Native American song that’s well known in many countries. Yet no one seems to know for certain its true origin. There are many variations of how the title and lyrics are spelled, sometimes Ani Couni, sometimes […]
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May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan!  Carp shaped windsocks are flown to celebrate the day. Crafts include origami (おりがみ) of carp streamers (こいのぼり) and samurai helmets (かぶと).  Here’s a video showing how to make an origami carp windsock… Here’s a video showing how to make a samurai helmet. (If you make it larger and […]
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Our friend Innosanto Nagara is making an Indonesian Children’s Music CD and Book Set. Innosanto has contributed some Indonesian Kids Songs to Mama Lisa’s World including: Panjang umurnya (Long is His/Her Age) Nina Bobo (Go to Sleep Nina) You can help Innosanto help make his new project a reality!
The song "Ira Congo" is sung around the world by choirs and Girl Scouts.  It’s believed to come from Africa. Below you’ll find the lyrics and some YouTube renditions. Ira congo, Ira congo by ay, Ira congo by ay congo, By ay, congo, by ay. If anyone knows which country this song comes from and/or […]
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Learn the sounds of the alphabet in Asante Twi in this alphabet song. Twi is spoken in Ghana. Asante is one of the three dialects of Twi. Here are the letters… a – b – d – e – ε – f – g – h – i- k – l – m – n […]
Ilona wrote asking for help with a Finnish song her mother taught her.  Here’s her email… Our Finnish Mumi taught us a song which started: (Excuse the spelling;  also – no umlauts)      Semmonen tytto kun sina olet, Sen mina ten vaikka puusta Kielen ten mina paperista Ja kintut kissan luusta Jos mina kirpun kiine saisin […]
Claire sent us some lyrics to an African song with a translation that seems much longer than the original lyrics. She’d like to know to which African country this rowing song belongs to. Would anyone be familiar with it? Original Lyrics: Banga titi para biani Banga titi para biani Refrain: Eléléyo, éléléyo, yo, éléléyo Yo, […]
Jessica wrote, "Here is the video of my husband’s great grandma (102) reciting a fingers and toes rhyme (Swedish origin perhaps?)." Can anyone help identify the language of the rhyme, write out the words and/or help with a translation?  If so, please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! -Mama Lisa
We’re looking for the lyrics and/or a translation of the following Angolan lullaby.  We’d also like help identifying its language.  If anyone can help please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! -Mama Lisa
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We’ve just added a song from Brunei on Mama Lisa’s World!  The song is called: Giling-Giling Kucapi (Strum-Strum a Lute) There’s another song from Brunei in Malay called Adai-Adai that we would love to post.  If anyone could help with a translation, please email me at lisa@mamalisa.com . Thanks! Mama Lisa
Maria wrote asking for info about the song, "Zimbole".  Here’s her email: I have been trying in vain to find the meaning of the African folk song “Zimbole”.  I believe it’s an Zulu word for peace but I’m not sure and I can’t find any information anywhere!   There are videos on youtube of kids singing […]
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Alka Patel, a children’s librarian in the US, sent us this opposites song in English, Gujarati and Hindi.  Here’s the note I received… I did this opposite song in three languages in my Multilingual story time at my library. I used actions with this song and the kids enjoyed it. This activity is limitless. You […]
We’ve been asked for help finding the full lyrics to a Caribbean song called, "Emma Lemme (Let Me) Lone".  Here’s the info we have so far: Beau wrote: "…looking for a song that I sang in Elementary School – it’s a Caribbean song I think, goes something like "Emma lemme ‘lone, let me lone! Me […]
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We have over 150 German Songs on Mama Lisa’s World with translations.  We were recently asked which ones are popular for children. Here’s a list of the best-known German kids songs that was shared by a German friend.  Each song is linked to its lyrics page with a translation… Alle meine Entchen Alle Vögel sind […]
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"Pumpkin, Pumpkin" is a cute little song that’s sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".  It’s perfect for October and Halloween. You can watch the video below and read along with the lyrics. Pumpkin, Pumpkin 1. Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground 2. How’d you get so big and round? 3. Once you were […]
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Can you believe that the American song "Yankee Doodle" is the music that played at the start of the revolution that lead to an Imperial Japan? ‘Yankee Doodle" is a song from prerevolutionary America. The British used it to mock the American Colonists. Then the Americans turned around and proudly claimed the song as their […]
Joann wrote asking for help with a song she’s researching for a 90 year old friend.  Here’s her letter: Do you know of a song sung years ago in the USA, but possibly of Welsh in origin with the phrase, "Terunden, teroden"? The lady is in her mid-nineties, she gave more words but didn’t have […]
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Mama Lisa’s World has been growing fast!  Lately we’ve made a particular push to put up more songs from Africa. Here are some of the more recent African countries we’ve added songs to on Mama Lisa’s World:  Kids Songs and Lullabies of Burkina Faso   Choosing Rhyme from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)   Kids Songs and Lullabies […]
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Here’s a wonderful song for preschoolers and kindergartners to learn about the head and face. This song is sung in English in Cameroon, Africa.  It was sung for us by Nyango M. Nambangi. MP3 Recording of I Have a Head I Have a Head I have a head, a head, I have a head, a […]

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