(Baa Baa Black Sheep)
(Mother Woke Me Up)
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Uganda and more.
Welcome Songs and Goodbye Songs are very popular in many countries in Africa. They’re often sung in schools when there’s a visitor. Here’s a sweet song from Uganda that’s sung by schoolchildren from the town of Igana. You’ll find the lyrics below followed by a [...]
Kirundi is a Bantu language spoken in Burundi, Tanzania, Congo-Kinshasa and Uganda. We were recently asked about Kirundi nursery rhymes (in the following note)… Hello; my name is Anyesi and was wondering if you could please send me the Nursery rhymes in Kirundi. Thank you:) If anyone [...]
Vivian wrote asking about the song "Moja Numba"…. Hello, I have heard a song called Moja Numba, which I believe is Swahili. It was recorded by M’EarthTones. I contacted them, but even they weren’t able to tell me the origin. I’d like to know what [...]
David wrote to us asking for help with a song from the island of Fyn in Denmark… I need help with this song. It is found in an oral history from my ancestor on the island of Funen (Fyn in Danish) in Denmark; Odense is the capital. Here’s the phonetic version of the song: Socksey [...]
Kit wrote to us looking for help with a song her mom remembers… Mom is 88. She knows part of an old song. No matter how hard we look, we can’t find it. “A silly goose, on apple juice, refreshed herself one day, And then among her friends so young, she wandered on her [...]
Terry wrote asking for help with a Sicilian rhyme… I am trying to track down the rhyme my Sicilian (Sant'Agata, Messina) grandmother used to say to us as children, as she touched each part of our face, ending with a little cheek tap. All I remember is something like… nasca [...]
Maja wrote asking for help with a song… Please could you help me find the lyrics for a song passed down from my great-grandmother?She lived on a large plantation in Trinidad and went to school in England so it could have been a very old British ditty. All I recall are the verses: A [...]
“Go Plant a Tree is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox from 1918. I thought it was fitting to share with Earth Day coming up this weekend. You can hear a recording of the poem below and read along with the text. Enjoy! -Mama Lisa MP3 Recording of Go Plant a Tree Go Plant a […] [...]
Pam Donkin is a children’s musician whose best known song is “Planting Seeds of Love.” Pam wrote, “The song was written to express that in planting a seed of love in my own heart, I love myself. When I love myself I share that loving-ness with others, planting seeds of love [...]
Did you know that the map used in most schools in the United States and elsewherearound the world is inaccurate? The map that’s mostoften used is called the Mercator Map. It distorts the size of land masses as the latitude increases from the Equator to the poles. The Mercator Map shows [...]
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