Paper of Pins

Folk song from Connecticut, USA, originating from England. Verse and chorus alternating – to be sung by two different groups.

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Oh Freedom

Traditional gospel and liberation song from America. Many different versions sung by choirs, acapella groups, folk and protest singers. 
Suitable for KEY STAGE 2 to adult.

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O leyo

A Ghanaian women’s song – A call to work. Taught to Sian Croose by Anna Mudeka. A call and response with easy harmonies.
Suitable for KEY STAGE 2 to adults. 

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Noyana

Traditional Zulu. Taught to Sian by Black Voices. 2 soprano, 2 alto parts with optional bass part. The words mean, ‘As we journey through our life, have we done enough to get to Heaven?’. 

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Nanuma

Traditional Ghanaian song. Very popular and easy to sing as a round. Many schools make up their own words. Suitable for KS1, 2 and 3.
 
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Mama Don’t Allow No Music

Originally a skiffle/bluegrass song from the US which has been adapted to almost every style. Very popular. You can bring in all the different instruments and make up new categories – beatboxers, walkin’ bass, plinky-plonk piano – etc. Easy to add percussion to and mimic the sounds of the instruments. 
This is a jazz variation on the tune with a really easy accompaniment. 

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Maliswe

This South African song is written in a variety of African languages. It is linked to the Anti-apartheid movement and the song expresses a longing for home. Sung here by Beccy Owen. 

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Lawenche

Clapping song from Ghana, West Africa. It’s in the Twi language. Roughly translated it means Let’s clap together, I can see and owl, she’s late, lets keep clapping – contributed by Jane Wheeler.

Audio | Audio groove backing track