Does Anyone Know Any Haitian Nursery Rhymes?

Keyanne Jacob wrote:

I am preparing to go to teach school in Haiti. I want to teach nursery rhymes. Are there many Haitian nursery rhymes? If so where can I find them?

My impression is that there are traditional Haitian lullabies and folk songs, but that the nursery rhymes in Haiti are based on the traditions from other countries – such as France and England (though I could be wrong).

If anyone knows of any Haitian nursery rhymes (even if they’re based on rhymes from other countries), please share them in the comments below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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7 Responses to “Does Anyone Know Any Haitian Nursery Rhymes?”

  1. Lisa Says:

    Monique sent me some links for you – but they’re all for Haitian music (not rhymes):

    CD Dis-moi des chansons d’Haïti : Edition français-créole-anglais (From Amazon in France)

    CD – A l’ombre du flamboyant : 30 comptines créoles : Haïti, Guadeloupe, Martinique et la Réunion (From Amazon in France)

    We also have some children’s Haitian’s songs on Mama Lisa’s World!

  2. Lisa Says:

    I found a well known Haitian lullaby called Dodo titit that I found since posting this question.

  3. Klobe Says:

    There is also Tezen, Panamam Tonbe, La sirenn la balenn, Anita, but I can’t figure out how to post those songs.

    Generally haitian lullabies are linked to stories. Examples are Tezen, Ti pye zoranj, ti machann fanal.

  4. Lisa Says:

    You can either post them here or email them to me at and I’ll “formally” post them.


    Mama Lisa

  5. Lisa Says:

    We just posted La sirenn la balenn.


    Mama Lisa

  6. Lisa Says:

    We also posted the song Panama m tonbe (My Hat Fell Off) with a YouTube video.

    -Mama Lisa

  7. linda Says:

    This site has all Haitian Creole material. I believe I saw nursery rhymes. Good luck and this is an reliable site with quick shipping as I have purchaed much school materials for the mission in Haiti I visit.

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