Idler Ensemble Singing week 4

Lots of sliding this week, as per the hand-out. Keep everything super relaxed and aim to get used to the sensation of the released, relaxed face rather than worrying too much about the note. All the sliding will be very good for the little muscles and for flexibility.

We talked about which songs to do at the end of term party, and I think we were in favour of Motherless Child, Malaika, Bright Morning Star and possibly This Train?

I will put Motherless child up as we sang it and it’ll be on this same post. Feel free to post any comments/other suggestions about song choice in the comments box. NB-we changed a few of the notes, so if any readers amongst you see a discrepancy, go with the recordings below as that’s what we decided to do.

motherless child lower voice

motherless child higher voice

motherless child all voices

malaika words (this is just a guide to pronouncing the second and third verses-don’t pay attention to the pitch). Translations are below.

Verse 1

Malaika, nakupenda Malaika – Angel, I love you Angel

Malaika, nakupenda Malaika.

Nami nifanyeje – And me, what can I do?

Kijana mwenzio – My young companion

Nashindwa na mali sina we – I am defeated by wealth (lack of money).

Ningekuoha, Malaika – I would marry you, Angel

 

Verse 2

Pesa, zasumbuha rohoyangu – Money troubles my heart

Pesa, zasumbuha rohoyangu

Nami nifanyeje – And me, what can I do?

Kijana mwenzio – My young companion

Nashindwa na mali sina we – I am defeated by wealth (lack of money).

Ningekuoha, Malaika – I would marry you, Angel

 


Verse 3

Kidege, hukuwaza kidege -Little bird, I dream of you, little bird

Kidege, hukuwaza kidege

Nami nifanyeje – And me, what can I do?

Kijana mwenzio – My young companion

Nashindwa na mali sina we – I am defeated by wealth (lack of money).

Ningekuoha, Malaika – I would marry you, Angel

 

 

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