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Everything is a Drum -- Peace Out
Over the last few months we have taken a grand tour of the global rhythms, drumming and moving and singing our hearts out, delving deep into songs to so we can hear the world's heartbeat. Okay, so this is a family music class and we may not have done more than scratch the surface, but we scratched that surface for several measures in a steady 1-2-3-4 pattern, then added hand slaps, drum sticks and a whole lot of love. I hope you enjoyed our rhythm adventures. Now go out there, hit something, invent a rhythm and dance.   

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. 

 "Lau Lupe" is song from Samoa in the Pacific that seems to be about pigeons, but, like most songs, is more of a musing about life and death  (more)

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.”