African Songs and Rhythms for Children



African Songs and Rhythms for Children
Orff-Schulwerk: In the African Tradition

A Selection from Ghana for Voices and Orff-Instruments
Supplement to Music for Children
Editor or Arranger: William Kolma Amoaku

Orff-Schulwerk has been translated and adapted for use in many countries and there are editions in numerous languages, with a comprehensive range of supplementary material.  Those teachers using the various English editions will find here a rich and exciting source of traditional folk songs, dance melodies and original material from other countries, which will enlarge and enrich the activites and experiences of their pupils.

Speech, song, and percussion based on African materials.  Songs from the Akan, Ga, and Ewe speaking peoples of Ghana, written in phonetic script with a short pronunciation guide. Includes topics from cradle songs to songs about adventurous people and absent friends. Instruments: hand clapping, single or double bell or gong, rattle, castanets, drums.

For grade 4 to 9.

Preface; Introduction; About the Songs; Percussion; Drumming; Pronunciation Guide; Instruments; Songs.

Away Away Little Goat (Ewe cradle song w/ rhythmic accompaniment)
You Must Do It Well (Ewe tune w/ rhythmic accompaniment)
Bring Us Fish to Eat (Ga tune w/ rhythmic accompaniment)
We’ve Arrived at Klinua (Ewe tune w/ rhythmic accompaniment)
If I Had a Brave Man Alive (Ewe lament w/ rhythmic accompaniment)
Taa Taa Yee (song w/ rhythmic accompaniment)
I Go Slowly I Walk Slowly (speech choir w/ drum accompaniment)
Kondo Went to the Whiteman’s World (simplified version of an Ewe piece)
Departed Spirits Come for a Drink (simplified version of a Ghanaian piece)
I Cry Out for the Valiant One (drum ensemble based on a simplified version of an Akan piece)
Adu Get Ready to Receive Us (based on a simplified version of an Akan piece)
Don’t Cry (Ga cradle song w/ rhythmic accompaniment)


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