Take Me Home

Ndebele song taught to Sian Crooze by Black Umfolosi, Zimbabwean Vocal Harmony, Drumming and Dance Group.

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Senzenina

This is a South African Zulu song which means: ‘What have we done?’
Beccy Owen 
Audio (Beccy Owen – parts) | Audio (Hannah Reid)

Senwa Dedende

Traditional Ghanaian song. This short and simple piece can be harmonised, sung in a round, sung over riffs, played with instruments, have new words written to it. A very popular song for teachers from KS1 upwards. 

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Sarana

Call and response song from Burkina Faso 
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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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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. See her blog for further material and discussions: www.janewheeler.net

Audio | Audio groove backing track | lyrics

Jambo

Extremely popular song in Swahili from Kenya. 3 part harmonies – many different versions. Easy song to play on tin whistles or recorders.
There are many different versions – these are the two verses taught by Batanai Marimba, plus English words written by Beaconside Infants for their Year 6 leaving celebration.

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Gumama

Traditional Nigerian Church song with 3-part harmony.
Suitable for KS 2, 3 and adults.

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Garai Pano

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.

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