What to sing

  • Well known traditional children’s songs.
  • Songs featured in films or television programmes.
  • Well known pop songs and karaoke.
  • Songs that include actions or develop speech.
  • Songs with lots of repetition.
  • Specially written songs from published collections such as Okki-Tokki-Unga, Apusskidu (both published by A & C Black), or Hello Children, published by Schotts.
  • Songs you like.

Click on the MP3 files below to hear some of our favourite songs, and for most of them you can print out the sheet music, too:

Hey Dumba

Hey Dumba MP3 (2:56min) Download Sheetmusic

A beautiful song from Brazil about the sound of water in the rainforest. Be patient – it starts so quietly that you may not hear it at first, but be patient – it will creep in.

Chofia Dada

Chofia Dada MP3 (3:26min) Download Sheetmusic

Wade in the Water

A well known spiritual. Download Sheetmusic

Damn this Traffic Jam

Damn this traffic jam MP3 (4:13min) Download Sheetmusic

Rhythm of Life

Rhythm of life MP3 (3:33min) Download Sheetmusic

Run, Mary, Run

Run, Mary, run MP3 (3:15min) Download Sheetmusic

This can also be sung at the same time as Wade in the Water

Mobaka Nemo Puey

Mobaka nemo puey MP3 (1:38min)

Bala Pata Zum

An action song guaranteed to end in laughter. Download Sheetmusic

Senwa Di Dendi

Senwa di dendi MP3 (895KB, 56sec)


Nanuma MP3 (24sec)

Boom Chicka Boom

Boom chicka boom MP3 (50sec)

Bamboo Fire

Bamboo Fire

With example of how to use as call and response and with boomwhackers.

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