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The Moribayassa is a dance of the Malinke people of West Africa.  It’s danced in Guinea, Mali and other West African countries.  When women need help with something very important -like becoming pregnant or healing from a sickness- they ask the spirit of Moriba Yassa for help.  The woman vows that when the wish is […]
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 […]
Here’s a pretty song from the Marshall Islands called "Ukot Boke". "This song is about thanking your mother and your father for their love and for everything they have done for you.." -Benjamin (singer in the video) If anyone can provide the Marshallese lyrics to this song and/or an English translation, please comment below or […]
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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, […]
We would like to add a song from Turkmenistan to Mama Lisa’s World.  The following song is about feminine beauty.  If anyone can help with the Turkmen lyrics and/or a translation, please comment below or email me. Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa
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We’ve added two songs from the Arapaho tribe to Mama Lisa’s World.  The Arapaho is a Native American tribe.  Their territory once spanned from the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming to the Arkansas River. The Arapaho language is part of the Algonquian language family. Click below to learn two Arapaho songs… Nû’nanû’naatani’na hu’hu’ – The […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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