Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Paperback, 100 Songs (370 Pages) With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Mali and more.
Archimusic on YouTube has 25 lovely videos of people in Africa singing lullabies from their childhood. They’re not accompanied by the lyrics. But they’re beautiful all the same! Check it out! -Mama Lisa [...]
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. [...]
Listen to this lovely recording of a group of women singing a lullaby in Mali! MP3 Recording of a Lullaby from Mali If anyone can provide the lyrics to this song, identify the language and/or offer a translation, please email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa [...]
Puppet theater is an important part of the Mali culture. Both masks and puppets are used. The puppets are often made of wood and a rod construction is used with strings. The puppets are anywhere from 1 to 6 feet high. Some of the shows are sacred, some have their roots in folklore [...]
The other day I posted a question about a children’s song that mentioned Timbuktu. We found it! It’s the Australian version of The Sailor Went to Sea. Monique of Mama Lisa’s World en français saw the post. She sent me this interesting photo. The sign says “Timbuktu 52 [...]
Nurcan wrote in looking for a song about going to Timbuktu. Here’s what Nurcan wrote... Hi, I found your website and it’s very interesting, learning a lot I didn’t know, in terms of where certain songs come from. However can you assist me? I am trying to work out a song about [...]
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 [...]
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.)