Laughing is Contagious – A Song from Cameroon with an MP3 Recording

Nyango M. Nambangi sent us this Cameroonian song from Africa. What’s even better is that we have a recording to go with it!

Nyango wrote: “Here’s a song our mother taught us and her Middle School students. The tune is very British, in my opinion, but I have not been able to find the lyrics or tune or any reference to it anywhere. The end actually gets the listeners laughing!”

MP3 Recording of Laughing is Contagious

Laughing is Contagious

Ha, ha, ha!
Laughing is contagious.
Ha, ha, ha!
And sometimes advantageous.
Ha, ha, ha!
And very careful be
And laugh with caution now.
Ha, ha!

Ha, ha, ha!
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha!
ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Ha, ha ha!

This recording is extra special to us because it was done by recording a phone call! It’s the first time we were able to easily use this technology of having someone call and recording them. Also, Nyango have sent us many songs from Cameroon over the past couple of years. It’s great for everyone to finally hear her voice!

If anyone would like to sing a traditional (non-copyrighted) song for us, please email me at for directions.

Many thanks to Nyango M. Nambangi of the Minnesota African Women’s Association for contributing and singing this song for us!

Mama Lisa


Minnesota African Women’s Association has products available that were stitched by their sewing group. They’re available for purchase online at Etsy. They have beautiful pillows, dolls dressed in traditional and contemporary African fashions, tote bags, hats and more!

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6 Responses to “Laughing is Contagious – A Song from Cameroon with an MP3 Recording”

  1. Monica Says:

    Thank you for sharing!

    I love the song and agree that Laughing is Contagious. Of course, the song got me smiling.

  2. Jules Tchuate Says:

    How do you the get MP3 ?

  3. Lisa Says:

    If you can’t hear it on this page, you can try the song page. There you can download it or listen to it on a player.

  4. Adwoa Dadzie Says:

    I do not think it is a Cameroonian song I learnt that song a long time ago in the 60s in Ghana. I was admitted at the Catholic hospital and we had Catholic sisters as nurses and one of them taught the kids and I was one then.

  5. Lisa Says:

    Thanks for commenting Adwoa… you inspired me to research this song more. I found that it was written by the American songwriter GF Root (1820-1895) and published in his book in 1857 called “The Sabbath Bell: A collection of music for choirs, musical associations, singing-schools, and the home circle”.

    Here are the full lyrics:

    Ha, ha, ha! Laughing is contagious, ha, ha, ha!
    And sometimes advantageous, ha, ha, ha!
    But very careful be and laugh with caution now,
    Ha, ha, ha! Ha, ha, ha! Ha, ha, ha! Oh!
    For wise men laugh but rarely
    The reason we’ll state fairly
    They think it’s not becoming
    To be found in any funning,
    So their laugh is very low,
    Oh! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
    Ha, ha, ha,
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

  6. Pat Says:

    My Dad used to sing this song years ago when I was a teenager. He passed away in 2008… I was singing the song to my son this evening when I thought to check on google if its a real song and voilaaa… found it with the MP3 added bonusπŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½πŸ’ƒπŸ½
    So excited… it brought back good memories.
    Thank you for sharing.πŸ˜‡

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