(Baa Baa Black Sheep)
(Mother Woke Me Up)
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A Mama Lisa Book! Over 50 lullabies and recordings from all over the world. Each Lullaby includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Order Here!
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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 [...]
Lawrence Silverman sent us this email about the song, “Nuts in May” with the note, “I grew up (a long time ago) in the depths of rural England when many old customs now forgotten were still observed. I don’t like to think of them being altogether forgotten. I’d be [...]
The moon is a wonderful topic for children. We can all remember the magic of watching the moon follow us on our way home at night. Below you can listen to the poem “The Kind Moon” by Sara Teasdale and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of The Kind Moon The Kind Moon by [...]
“Nurse’s Song” is a poem by William Blake that’s part of his collection called, “Songs of Innocence and Experience.” There are two versions of the poem. The first is from “Songs of Innocence” (1789). In this version, the nurse appreciates the [...]
Dan Hughes wrote: When I was a child, my grandmother (born in rural Indiana about 1900) sang me a song about a small dog being killed by running under a horse’s hooves. I think she said they sang it in school. Some of the lyrics, as I remember them: Chorus: With a bow-wow and a […] [...]
Bojan Aleksi? shared this Serbian version of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” that he translated from the English and sang on the YouTube below… Bojan wrote, “I managed to translate it so that the original thought stays the same while also rhyming like the original.” Jedan [...]
The beauty of the poem “Fog” by Carl Sandburg lies in its simplicity. You can read the poem below and listen along withthe recording… MP3 of Carl Sandburg’s Poem Fog Fog The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves [...]
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 [...]
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New From Mama Lisa
Our new book, Kid Songs Around the World, features 100 beloved songs and rhymes from all parts of the globe. Each includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation. Most also include SHEET MUSIC and LINKS TO RECORDINGS AND VIDEOS.Order Here!
With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!