August 27th, 2016
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
February 25th, 2016
People in parts of Western Africa and Jamaica name their children after the day on which they were born… these include the Akan people in the Ivory Coast and Ghana, the Fon people in Benin, the Ewe people of Togo and the Maroons and other descendants of slaves in Jamaica, as well as elsewhere in […]
March 20th, 2015
Learn the sounds of the alphabet in Asante Twi in this alphabet song. Twi is spoken in Ghana. Asante is one of the three dialects of Twi. Here are the letters… a – b – d – e – ε – f – g – h – i- k – l – m – n […]
November 4th, 2013
Emanuela works in a school with young kids from different countries. She asked if anyone could help with some questions about how children are cared for and disciplined in various cultures. Here’s her letter: I have a special request to you and I think you can help me because you know people of many cultures. […]
April 29th, 2010
Lisette wrote to me looking for children’s songs from Ghana: Dear Lisa, We are very interested in the childrens songs and rhymes from Ghana. How can we order the book and how much does is cost? We would like to hear from you soon. With kind regards, Lisette Achten We have the lyrics to some […]
February 20th, 2010
Lynn Egerton wrote: I want some info about the song “Tue Tue” from Ghana. All we can find online is that it is about being thankful for the harvest. Does anyone know the exact translation for the text “tue tue barima”, and “abofra ba ama dawa dawa”? Here are the lyrics put together… Tue tue, […]
June 5th, 2009
Susan Gerber Berning wrote: Hi Lisa. I’m looking for the Ghanaian words to the song that sounds like this “Be Be Be lay bo, Eiyhah yay ah yay,” I remember it as a song they used to pull boats into the shore. Help!? Tough one, I know. It’s a Ghana traditional song– everyone seemed to […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
February 4th, 2009
LisaMarie wrote to me asking about the Ghanaian song Obwisana. I posted her email below, followed by the lyrics, an English translation, two YouTube videos of the song and finally a link to the score. Here’s LisaMarie’s email… Hi I was hoping you could help. I’m training to be a teacher and for my music […]
May 1st, 2008
Susan Arnold wrote to me with a question about a song: I am looking for an accurate translation of the song “Aweneh Makole”. The only thing I know about the song is that it is call and response. I’ve known it for ages and it’s used quite a lot in schools here in the UK. […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
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