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.

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Keina Fiafia

A high energy song that can be repeated as many times as you like, getting faster each time. In Tokelau, this song is used when there are competitons between the three atolls.
Note: ‘f ‘ is pronounce ‘wh’ in the Tokelauan language.

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Juba

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

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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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I’ve Got A Rock

Traditional folk tune with new words by Susanna Blamire and arrangement with Dave Camlin.

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Hot Cross Buns

Traditional English folk song. This is a version sung as a round with chord suggestions.

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