Mama Lisa's World
International Music & Culture
A place for poems, songs, rhymes and traditions from around the world for both kids and grown-ups to enjoy!
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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...
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Sit back, relax and enjoy the sound of an instrument known as the "steel pan" that’s played in Sint Maartin.  The steel pan originated in Trinidad.  It was introduced to Sint Maartin in the mid 1900’s.   Now that’s the sound of vacation! Mama Lisa Image: Wikipedia
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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 video from Malawi of two guys singing a nice little song.  The song is sung in English and Chichewa.  The English lyrics are: "Because I’m a lonely lad who cannot find my way." If anyone knows the Chichewa lyrics (with a translation if possible), please comment below or email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa PS We’ve just added a...
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Mama Lisa’s World’s "Lullabies Around the World" App is now in the app store! It features over 50 lullabies with recordings by professional musicians and also by ordinary people who have contributed them to us to help preserve their culture. We’ve included beloved favorites from all over the world like "Fais dodo, Colas mon p’tit frère...
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We’ve recently added songs from two countries in Oceania – Fiji and Tonga.  These two countries are located in the South Pacific Ocean.  You can find the songs at the links below…   Traditional Fijian Songs (Farewell Song)   Tongan Songs (A Lullaby) If you click on the map above you can see where these islands...
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We recently added two folk songs from Guyana to Mama Lisa’s World. They’re both in Guyanese Creole.  Both have videos so you can hear the songs being sung. One is called Auntie Bess and the other is Itaname. Enjoy! – 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...
Listen below to some beautiful folk guitar music from Paraguay… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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Beloved folksinger, Pete Seeger, in his own words in honor of his passing… "Once upon a time wasn’t singing a part of everyday life? As much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make...
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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...
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Many of us grew up watching Mr. Rogers.  He was on the kids’ show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood that ran in some form from 1963 to 2001.  Here’s a Mr. Rogers video song remix called Sing Together that was just released by PBS (the station that ran his show).  It’s a sequel to the previous Mr....
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The IBM 704 was the first computer to sing a song. You can see how big this computer was in the image above.  In 1961, the IBM 704 was programmed to sing the chorus of the song, "Daisy Bell" by Harry Dacre.  You can hear its rendition in the YouTube video below… Here is the chorus...
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Italian singer and songwriter, Giada de Gioia sent us the following song with this note, "I’d like to submit this song. I am the author of both lyrics and music. It was awarded in Bimbofestival 2011 as best lyrics of the whole competition. Published by Map Milano Italy." Here’s the mp3 recording, the song lyrics in...
Peter wrote asking for help with a song his grandmother sang him.  Here’s his email: Hello, I was hoping you’d be able to help with a song my grandmother sang to us when we were kids. It seems nobody can remember the whole thing but it starts like this: "There was a young man who lived on...
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Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
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The song "Pussy Willows" used to be taught in schools.  Some people have written to me about it because their grandparents sang it to them as kids.  It’s a sweet little song!  Here are the lyrics to Pussy Willows, with a musical score and midi tune… Midi Tune of Pussy Willows Pussy Willows Pretty pussies down by the...
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The Ninepenny Fidil (Fiddle) is a song about playing a fiddle and about meeting a leprechaun.  The song was written by Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil and arranged by Herbert Hughes to old Irish melody. Below you can listen to a video of the song, followed by the lyrics. The Ninepenny Fidil My...
Jody wrote: Do you know this tune?  I don’t recognize it.  I found you on the internet.  Thanks for your help. Jody B If anyone can help with the tune, please comment below. Thanks! Mama Lisa
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Written by guest blogger Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou.  Daria performs multicultural music from around the world. No one really knows what music sounded like in ancient Egypt, but we do know what some of their instruments used during that time looked like. A close look at some of the beautiful hieroglyphics found in the pyramids and in archeological...
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