Nyango Melissa wrote, "I'm not sure what bog down in the valley means. I guess it's this…

'An area having a wet, spongy, acidic substrate composed chiefly of sphagnum moss and peat in which characteristic shrubs and herbs and sometimes trees usually grow.

Any of certain other wetland areas, such as a fen, having a peat substrate. Also called peat bog.'

An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground.

As to 'redling', I think we were pronouncing it wrong. According to this version I found online, it is an Irish song and should be 'rattling'. 'Rattling' = extraordinarily good or great; used especially as intensifiers."



Many thanks to Nyango M. Nambangi of the Minnesota African Women's Association for contributing this song, for singing it for us, and for telling us about the singing traditions in Cameroon.

Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Bog Down in the Valley - (Cameroonian Version)