(The Mardi Gras Song)
Mardi Gras Song
(The Mardi Gras Song of Basile)
(The Mosquitoes Have Eaten Up My Darling)
(The Tree is in Full Bloom)
(Behind My Father's House)
(Mommy Gave Me a Small Husband)
Map of Cajun Population in the US as of 2000
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Paperback, 100 Songs (370 Pages) With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Cajun Culture and more.
Tami wrote to us from Mamou in Louisiana about the Mardi Gras Festival that takes place there every year in February… "I was born and raised in Mamou… The Mardi Gras festival came about as a ‘last day before lent; Catholic time of fasting’, leading up to Easter. Many [...]
A lagniappe is a small gift a merchant gives a customer… for example, you buy 12 doughnuts and they give you a 13th one free. It’s a little unexpected gift from the merchant. The word is pronounced "lanyap" and comes from Louisiana French. Mark Twain refers to it back in 1883 [...]
In this YouTube you can hear Mr. Sonny (aka Mr. Treme) tell a little story about a scarecrow in Cajun French. His family has been in Louisiana since the 1800’s. At the end of the video, you can hear the French song "Un petit bonhomme" (A Little Scarecrow). Enjoy! Mama [...]
Yesterday, I wrote about the tradition of The Mardi Gras Run in Southern Louisiana, USA. Each town has it’s own version of The Mardi Gras Song or La Chanson de Mardi Gras. The town of Mamou, Louisiana, has a very different version of La Chanson de Mardi Gras. It’s believed to have its [...]
Mardi Gras, the American version of Carnival has been celebrated in South Louisiana, U.S.A., since around 1755. Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday” in French. Many people are familiar with the giant Mardi Gras Parade and the other festivities in New Orleans. Much less known are the [...]
Joanie Calem sent us this article about a Jewish holiday called Purim. Joanie is a musician, singer/song-writer, and teacher. She moved to Israel when she was 15 and and lived there for 23 years. Now she lives in the US and is involved in music and story programs for children including one called, [...]
Helen Hyde (1868 – 1919) was an American painter, etcher and printmaker. Her work often depicted women and children in various countries around the world. She was a very modern woman who traveled extensively and even lived in Japan for 15 years – something that was very challenging for [...]
The Parade of Nations is part of the opening ceremony at the Olympics. Teams from each nation march out together starting with Greece as the originator of the Olympic games. The parade ends with the host country, in this case it’s South Korea, though they’re marching with North Korea [...]
Xhosa is a Bantu language of the Xhosa people of South Africa. It’s spoken as a first language by over 8 million people. In the map of South Africa above the green areas show where the largest portion of people speak Xhosa as their first language. We have some Xhosa Kids Songs on Mama [...]
French Macarons are different from Coconut Macaroons. French Macarons are made with almonds, while macaroons are made with coconut. The 1st modern-like version of French Macarons comes from the 1650’s. At the time, they were eaten individually (only one side). Around 1900, the 1st Macarons [...]
100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
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. (Over 350 pages!)
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've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)