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.
Beth Allen says: “This is an old African American folk song that evolved from a plantation dance. It is closely linked to Hambone and is often found together in collections. Juba became a common name for African Americans who were talented at singing or dancing in the 19th century. The most famous was William Henry Lane or Master Juba, who combined African derived and European dances in his performances, including Irish jigs. He is now seen by many as the originator of tap dance.” Suitable for Key Stage 1, 2, and 3
Traditional Nigerian Church song with 3-part harmony.
Suitable for KS 2, 3 and adults.
Traditional spiritual. Speaks of release from oppression and can be related to both a cry for freedom and a religous expression. This is a simple folk version.
Suitable for KS 1, 2, 3 and adults.
Score | Audio
Traditional song from Zimbabwe. Learnt by Sian Crooze from Yvonne Burgess. Sung as people come into Church. In English it means: ‘Sit here the Spirit is Coming.’ Short song with very few words. Lovely harmonies.
Suitable for KS 1, 2, 3 and adult.
Audio | Score
A traditional gospel song with easy harmony parts and an exciting counter melody. Suitable for KS 1,2,3 and adult .
Score | Audio – all parts | harmony 1 | harmony 2 | harmony 3
This classic song, was written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the 1965 musical The Roar of the Greasepaint. The famous version by Nina Simone moves it away from the musical genre and into blues. It is a great song for young voices because of the inspiring words, and it can be taken apart and improvised over. See some impro ideas here from Jilly Jarman.
Suitable for Key Stage 2, 3 and adult.
Score: KS3/adult | Score: canon KS2/adult