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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 from Ethiopia   Lullaby from...
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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,...
John Ziak wrote asking for help with two childhood songs: Lisa, I have been searching for sometime to find a song/nursery rhyme that my grandfather sang to me when I was young.  He passed away 16 years ago and no one in my family can remember any more words than I.  The song originates from Czech or...
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Written by Sadao Mazuka in Japan. The tune to "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" comes from Europe in the 18th century.  It has travelled all over the globe, from France, to the US, to Japan.  Here’s a breakdown of the route it’s taken… 1752 (France) – Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau composed the original tune to "Go Tell Aunt...
Kim wrote asking for help with a Ukrainian rhyme her grandmother sings.  She would like the correct spelling.  Here’s Kim’s email along with a recording in which her grandmother sang the rhyme… Hi, My Grandmother was trying to teach me the words today to this Ukrainian rhyme. I do not speak Ukrainian, and she cannot spell or...
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Eating bugs might sound disgusting to most of us today, but some people used to love it!  Maybugs or Cockchafers used to be a great nuisance to crops in Europe.  People were encouraged to hunt them down to lower their population.  There’s even a French song about hunting Maybugs called Il était un petit homme...
Nancy wrote asking for help with a song called, "Fair Cuba": When I was in middle school, I learned a song called "Fair Cuba,"  I have not heard it since, but am interested in finding the lyrics, and if possible, guitar chords to this song.  I found one site that had an abbreviated version of two...
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The following video features a song in Mongolian and English by the group, Modern Children.  It’s based on a Mongolian folk song.  Here are the Mongolian lyrics that the kid sings at the beginning of the video and the band later sings the same verse: Mongolian Pronunciation: Nana nana NaaSir Shuder Shuder Tsasai ...
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We’ve just added a song from Greenland to Mama Lisa’s World!  It’s called Piitaq uumaa (Frère Jacques in Greenlandic).  We’ve included an English translation and a video to hear it sung.  Check it out! -Mama Lisa
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Central America consists of the seven countries.  Mama Lisa’s World now has songs from each of these countries. Click on the links below to access our songs from Central America.  Traditional Songs from Belize   Kids Songs from Costa Rica   Children’s Songs from El Salvador   Children’s Songs from Guatemala   Lullaby from Honduras   Kids Song and Poem from Nicaragua   Traditional Songs from Panama  Feel free...
We have many versions of The Hearse Song on Mama Lisa’s World.  You can find one version here with a recording and a lot of other versions here.  I recently received yet another one, which has an interesting backstory.  Here’s the email I received from Ananda Patterson: This version is from my grandfather, who was born...
Laura wrote asking for help with a Czech song.  Here’s her question: Dear Mama Lisa, I am trying to find out about an old Czech Song that our Uncle Bob would sing at the end of every visit as he would leave. He would put his finger on the top of his head and turn in a...
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Check out the song "I am the Wee Falorie Man" (with a recording) to get you in the mood… Today, I’m going to make a Guinness Stew since I had the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage yesterday at my Mom’s house. You can check out some Irish recipes, songs and poems here. I’ll leave...
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Happy St. Nicolas’ Day! Here’s a link to info about the legend of St. Nick. Here’s a link to a Dutch St. Nick song with a recording:
Gerard Ramos wrote asking for help with an Italian kids song from Sicily.  Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I stumbled across your site searching for Italian children’s songs trying to find a song my great grandmother passed down through our family.  She was born in Sicily and moved to New Orleans when she was young.  No...
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I asked Siri Randem from the Norwegian language music site Barnesanger about the most popular kids songs and lullabies in Norway. This was her response: Some people sing Bæ, bæ lille lam (a children’s song) or Mikkel Rev (similar). Everyone in Norway has heard these two in childhood. They are not "real" lullabies, however. I suppose...
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Toby Salmon from the band Kinkajous was kind enough to share a recording of the Jamaican song Mango Time with us.  The recording comes from his new cd called Nursery Rhymes by The Kinkajous. The cd features a collection of 30 nursery rhymes with Caribbean flavor made for little ones and grown ups. Here’s Kinkajous...
Guido wrote asking if anyone can help him find a childhood song that’s Russian.  Here’s his email: Hello! First of all, let me introduce myself: Guido Ruzzier, born in Trieste, Italy, in 1934. My father, Silvio Ruzzier, was born in Pirano, a small town near Trieste, in 1895: when he was born, and until the end of...
Ann-Marie wrote asking for help with an Italian song that she learnt in English.  Here’s her email… I remember a song from a record I had as a child about an old woman planting mushrooms in the moonlight. I remember the entire song, including the tune, but I cannot remember what the woman...
We received this email: There’s a traditional Armenian children’s song that goes "ts’nguluh m’nguluh tseev tseev…" It’s sung to children while pinching the top of the hand like a bird holding the hand with its feet. Any idea what this song is? Thanks so much. If anyone can help with this song, please comment below. Thanks! Mama Lisa

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