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GUEST,Phil d'Conch Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda (Norman Luboff Choir) (15) RE: Lyr Req: Dansez Calenda (Norman Luboff Choir) 14 Mar 21


I might have a go at transcription if I can't find a proper set of lyrics somewhere.

The original Luboff Choir album was best known for Yellow Bird. This song was the last track on side B. Most all of the following is tourist ballyhoo:

"The program concludes with Dansez Calenda. The calenda was formerly a war dance, used to train young men in the art of stick play. There were shouts of “Carré!” (from the French “Square off!”) and players would jump in a ring formed by spectators, and grab sticks. Great skill was required in the dancing, because the sticks were of hard wood, heavily weighted, and in the excitement of the dance, such a stick could be a lethal weapon."
[William Attaway, liner notes, Calypso Holiday, Columbia, LP, CL1000, 1957]

Kalenda in general here: Lyr Req: Kalenda Rock (Mourning Song)

It's the Christmas holidays but, without context, it just means “calendar.” The song & dance forms (estampie, saltarello &c.) mentioned in the other threads predate Columbus by centuries.

Tune Req: Kalenda Maia
Saturnalia
Koliada
Colinda

Afaik, it has no Sub-Saharan African cognates, then or now.


RE: Allons Danser Colinda
“Colinda,” on the other hand, is a Creole or Cajun woman's name (pretty figure.) is corp, Latin for “body;” plus linda, modern Spanish for pretty.


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