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5 continents - 10 folksongs Conductor's Edition SATB

Ten choral arrangements

  • Music: South America, Africa, Russia, New Zealand, Israel, traditional
  • Arrangement: Gwyn Arch
  • Lyrics: Stuart Smith, traditional
  • Voicing: with keyboard instruments, 4-Part
  • Components: Choral Collection, Audio CD
  • Details: 76 pages
  • ISMN: 979-0-50202-458-1
  • ISBN: 978-3-85061-731-4
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This collection by Gwyn Arch of ten folksongs may be small, but five continents are represented within these 76 pages and each continent. From Mexico (South America) comes La Cucaracha (the cockroach), a Spanish language folksong with a memorable tune and Cielito Lindo which is treated by Mexicans as a sort of alternative national anthem. The African continent is represented by a song from Tanzania - Malaika, and another from West Africa rejoicing in the title Jikela emaweni sia hamba. Both songs have been associated with the celebrated South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, and new lyrics (in English) have been contributed by Stuart Smith. In Russia (Europe) folk music is closely connected with village life and traditions. Kalinka is a young man's daydream under a pine tree, while The little birch tree was a symbol of beauty in Soviet Russia. The fourth continent is Asia. If there is one Jewish song known by Jews and non-Jews alike, it has to be Hava Nagilah. Tum Balalaika is also a Yiddish traditional but it's of Russian Jewish origin. The Folkmusic of the Maori of New Zealand (Oceania) is mostly associated with war chants called Haka, but Hine e Hine and Pokarekare Ana reveal the influence of mid-19th century British settlers.

Content: La Cucaracha - Cielito Lindo - Malaika - Jikela emaweni sia hamba - Kalinka - The Little Birch Tree - Hava Nagilah - Tum Balalaika - Hine e Hine - Pokarekare Ana


  1. La Cucaracha
  2. Cielito Lindo
  3. Jikela emaweni sia hamba
  4. Malaika
  5. The Little Birch Tree
  6. Kalinka
  7. Hava Nagilah
  8. Tum Balalaika
  9. Hine e Hine
  10. Pokarekare Ana

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