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Folk Song, Liberia.

The Liberian song “Banuwa” is said to be either a lullaby or a processional song. Its lyrics try to comfort a little girl that is crying.

This rhyme is a beautiful African song that can be sung as a round, repeating its four basic lines in rolling sequence.

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“Banuwa” free mp3 download (instrumental, 3:18 – 4/4 – 94 bpm)

“Banuwa” Liberian lyrics

Banuwa, Banuwa, Banuwa yo
Banuwa, Banuwa, Banuwa yo
A la no, nehnio la no, nehnia la no
Banuwa, Banuwa, Banuwa yo

“Banuwa” translation to English:

Don’t cry, Don’t Cry,
pretty little girl, don’t cry.

Your father off at the village
your mothers out for a while,
your brothers down by the river.
No need to sit and cry.

“Banuwa” Karaoke Video

“Banuwa” Teaching idea & activities:

The tune can be sung as a round (see also “Frère Jacques“, “Row, row, row your boat“, “Kookaburra” and “Jack and Jill“).


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