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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Hot Cross Buns

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

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Go Down, Moses

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.

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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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