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Thread #99389   Message #1979561
Posted By: Azizi
26-Feb-07 - 12:52 AM
Thread Name: African Folk Songs
Subject: RE: African Folk Songs
Since at least the 1990s, "Funga Alafia" song has become relatively well known among African Americans, particularly Afro-centric African Americans. It also has been taught to other populations as a result of it being 'taken up' by African Americans.

For example, a number of African dance companies in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area routinely teach this song to children & youth during their school and community performances. The dance companies also teach dance steps which are relatively easy for children to learn.

For an example of this song being taught to a diverse population of youth, if you have high speed Internet access, check out this YouTube video:

Funga Alafia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmkyI7lTEJM

Added July 21, 2006; From usfboi
"ANYTOWN #5"

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Also, see this cute video of a young White girl singing Funga Alafia and adding her English verse to the song:

Funga Alafia
http://youtube.com/watch?v=r4UqICMMJEM

Added November 22, 2006; From clairda
"Sophie singing"

Also see this comment from "TRANSCEND Song Book, List of peace-inspiring songs" about the meaning of this song:

"NIGERIA: "Funga Alafia" is a well-known Nigerian greeting chant (sung unaccompanied) that means "Welcome. May you have good health and be at peace with your neighbors. Power to you." It is traditionally accompanied by a dance."

http://tapnet.info/peacedirect/index.php?s=31602f9167b393aa82cc293610943b8a&showtopic=623&pid=1167&st=0&#entry1167