June 1st, 2015
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. The woman vows that when the wish is […]
March 29th, 2015
The song "Ira Congo" is sung around the world by choirs and Girl Scouts. It’s believed to come from Africa. Below you’ll find the lyrics and some YouTube renditions. Ira congo, Ira congo by ay, Ira congo by ay congo, By ay, congo, by ay. If anyone knows which country this song comes from and/or […]
February 24th, 2015
Claire sent us some lyrics to an African song with a translation that seems much longer than the original lyrics. She’d like to know to which African country this rowing song belongs to. Would anyone be familiar with it? Original Lyrics: Banga titi para biani Banga titi para biani Refrain: Eléléyo, éléléyo, yo, éléléyo Yo, […]
February 3rd, 2015
Maria wrote asking for info about the song, "Zimbole". Here’s her email: I have been trying in vain to find the meaning of the African folk song “Zimbole”. I believe it’s an Zulu word for peace but I’m not sure and I can’t find any information anywhere! There are videos on youtube of kids singing […]
July 2nd, 2014
Mama Lisa’s World has been growing fast! Lately we’ve made a particular push to put up more songs from Africa. Here are some of the more recent African countries we’ve added songs to on Mama Lisa’s World: Kids Songs and Lullabies of Burkina Faso Choosing Rhyme from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) Kids Songs and Lullabies […]
April 13th, 2012
We just added a song from Guinea, Africa. It’s called Tue Tue Mareema and includes a lovely recording by Abi. Check it out!
June 30th, 2011
Karen Mackenzie wrote to me looking for help with a song called Kouralengay. It’s most likely from Tanzania or West Africa. Here are the lyrics, midi tune and score… Kouralengay kalenkana Chum chum pa Koura lengay kalenkana Chum chum pa Ona ding onka Ding ding ding Midi Tune of Kouralengay Kalenkana Listen to a recording […]
January 23rd, 2011
Sheila wrote from North Carolina asking about a circle dance song: I sang this in kindergarten 55 years ago. I don’t know the correct spelling of these words, but this is what the refrain sounded like… Mumbo, hot-toe, mata relay, relay Mumbo, hot-toe mata relay relay roan. It was a circle dance with one child […]
April 15th, 2010
Nyango Melissa, who has sent me many songs from Cameroon in Africa, sent me this email today… Hi, all: You can listen to some samples from African Harmony and watch them at rehearsal. Just scroll down the home page. African Harmony is the choral group of the Minnesota African Women’s Association, MAWA’s cultural program. African […]
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