Exuberant rhythmic energy abounds in this African-style original! The Swahili text of only four words translates: "We will dance! We will sing! We will be glad!" The only accompanying instruments are
Sizzling with celebratory rhythmic energy, this African folksong loosely translates as: "Those who sing have the right to be called the children of God." The only accompanying instruments are hand drum
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Hear the steady sound of the mill wheel in this brisk setting of the French Canadian folk song, which uses alternate French and English text. "I hear the windmill, tick-a tick-a tack-a..." Use
This traditional canoe song from Polynesia sounds very impressive with hand claps and percussion instruments adding to the choral texture. The echoing voice parts suggest people communicating from canoe to
With Stodola Pumpa, Mark Weston offers an updated treatment of this favorite Czech folk song. The rollicking tune, dynamic accompaniment, and invigorating text all combine to create an entertaining
Kuwa Furaha is a song about joy. More specifically, it is about the simple and beautiful way that children have of showing and expressing their joy. Jim Papoulis is well known for his world music
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Rejoicing abounds in this multi-cultural selection! The Swahili refrain is easy to learn and the English stanzas provide a good balance to the primary melody. African drums and hand claps add to the
Joseph Shabalala is best known for his work with Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Paul Simon. This delightful multicultural piece incorporates body percussion and words that are great fun to pronounce. Leanne
Harry Belafonte cowrote and recorded this feel-good Jamaican-style piece which is based on the idea that humanity is derived from the three basic elements: fire, water and earth. Set in simple 5/4 meter,
This arrangement of a Scottish lullaby features a beautiful melodic line and wonderful harmonic moments. The text is in English with Gaelic subtext, and an accessible pronunciation guide is included.
Available in several voicings, Niska Banja is a Serbian Roma dance popular throughout the Balkans. To Central Europeans, the 9/8 rhythm of 2-2-2-3 is as natural as a 4/4 rock beat is in North
A whirling, twirling Andalusian dancer is vividly portrayed in this setting of a traditional Spanish folksong. Well-crafted vocal lines over a colorful piano accompaniment make this an excellent choice for
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