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School choir

Discussion in 'Music' started by JoanClayton1, Jan 10, 2016.

  1. JoanClayton1

    JoanClayton1 New commenter

    Hi, I have just started running a choir with KS2 pupils and would like to sing some African (or more generally international) music with them. I'm thinking of some chanting combined with some singing but can't remember the names of any similar songs that I have sung in the past. Any ideas would be very gratefully received. Thanks
  2. cate50

    cate50 New commenter

    Siyahamba is great. Also Noyana and Suale. Sing up have the Suale backing tracks. Siyahamba can be sung in close part harmony. Noyana is also in 3 parts. You could also start with the three spiritual partner songs: When the Saints, Swing low and I'm gonna sing. They fit together beautifully!

    Hope this helps?

    C x
  3. Sir Cumference

    Sir Cumference Occasional commenter

  4. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    Sing for Pleasure (www.singforpleasure.org.uk) has an online shop and you can purchase a variety of material from them. They sell many small booklets of songs/rounds and some of these are African. E.g. In the booklet Boom Chicka Boom there is a Nigerian song called E-ku Ay-ooh-oh; in Lost in Space you will find Soualle; in Dreamtime is Kelele, a song from Ghana.
    Sing for Pleasure also run courses about how to conduct a choir, teach songs from scratch etc.
    In the Sing Up programme there is/was an African song called Nanuma. My choir sang this as a round accompanied by two large drums keeping the pulse, a couple of cabasas and two xylophones playing an ostinato of C E G A.
  5. notable

    notable New commenter

    My pupils always seem to love "Janie Mama".

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