We sang some of our favorite songs this week in class as a happy send-off:
We open class each week with "We Are Happy," a greeting song from Uganda. This week we sang hello and goodbye with the same word -- "Aloha," from Hawaii.
“Tribulchay" is a huayno, a genre of music and dance that originated with and is still popular among Quechua-speaking people in Peru’s Andes Mountains.
"Bena Ame" is a true tale about a West African chief who was such a jerk that all his people fled, running backwards to make sure he wasn't following. (Singing it is more fun than it sounds.)
"YaHalay Yamalay" is a rhythmic dance song from Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories. It most often accompanies a dance called the dabke.
"Bale Ile" is multi-rhythmic West African drum song that originated in Nigeria as a rollicking example of a Yoruban genre known as “fuji.”