This traditional Uele River men's rowing song is also sung as a lullaby. People row to the rhythm of the song.

Uélé moliba makasi - Congolese Children's Songs - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*Uele and Kasai are rivers in Congo.
**Benguala is a cold current in the waters off the south west coast of Africa that brings winds with it.

Pronunciation of the vowels
a = ah
e = eh
i = ee
o = oh
u = oo


You can hear the whole song sung on YouTube with scrolling lyrics.

You can download an mp3 of Ulele moliba makasi from Amazon for a small price or buy the whole cd it's on. You can also hear the song by a class for free online.

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Fabienne Kassogué for contributing this song.

Photo: Original image from Wikipedia - edited by Mama Lisa

Merci beaucoup!