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Baba Ghanoush (also spelled baba ghanouj) is an eggplant dip that’s eaten in the Middle East. Variations can be found in Egypt, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Jordon, Lebanon, Turkey and Armenia. Baba Ghanoush is often served with other dips like hummus. Pita bread is usually sliced up and dipped [...]
Rondi wrote to me… Hello Lisa! This is Rondi Charleston – I am a singer/songwriter in the NY area. I have an important recording project coming up in which I need an Arabic Lullaby to incorporate into an original song. I’m searching for the MELODY! Sheet music? or an MP3? I heard [...]
This week we were fortunate enough to receive recordings of four Arabic songs from Lebanon. I’m posting one of the songs below for you to hear. Here’s Tic Tic Tic Sleiman’s Mother in Arabic, with an English translation and the transliteration, so you can listen along to hear how [...]
Every once in a while we like to highlight a children’s illustrator. I recently came across the work of German artist, Alexander Zick (1845 – 1907) when working on a Swedish song about dwarves called Tummeliten. Here’s one of his illustrations of dwarves… Zick’s use [...]
Araceli Perez wrote to us asking for help with a song in the Aztec language called Nahuatl. Here’s her email… I saw a few songs in Nahuatl on your website, and was wondering if you’d know where I can find another Nahuatl song that goes something like this: Amotitlacati timote [...]
This year spring is taking a while to blossom. It seems fitting right now to read “The First Spring Day” by Christina Rossetti about the very early spring. You can listen to the recording below and read along with the text. Enjoy! Mama Lisa MP3 recording of The First Day of [...]
Alan Lomax was an ethno-musicologist who recorded thousands of folk songs and interviews from around the world. You can hear many of his recordings at Cultural Equity. Their newest online resource called The Global Jukebox, presents Alan Lomax's largest dataset, representing all regions of the [...]
Here’s a pretty little German poem about Spring called “Er Ists” by Eduard Moerike (1829). It’s well-known in Germany and is often quoted when the spring approaches. You can listen to a recording of the poem below and read along with the text and English translation. [...]
We’ve been collecting versions of “Frère Jacques”. In the process we came across the tune in classical music. It can be found in the Symphony No. 1 in D major by Gustav Mahler which was composed in 1887-1888. The 3rd movement is a funeral march based on the song “Frère [...]
Anzac Day is a day of remembrance on April 25th in Australia, New Zealand, Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and Samoa. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. The holiday started as a way to commemorate [...]
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