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Thread #146504   Message #3392024
Posted By: GUEST
18-Aug-12 - 08:09 PM
Thread Name: How to learn a song in another language?
Subject: RE: How to learn a song in another language?
Lyrics to Babalu :

Babalu
Babalu
Babalu aye
Babalu aye
Babalu
Ta empezando lo velorio
Que le hacemo a Babalu
Dame diez y siete velas
Pa ponerle en cruz.
Dame un cabo de tabaco mayenye
Y un jarrito de aguardiente,
Dame un poco de dinero mayenye
Pa' que me de la suerte.
Yo

Quiere pedi
Que mi negra me quiera
Que tenga dinero
Y que no se muera
Av! Vo le quiero pedi a Babalu 'na negra muy santa como tu que no tenga otro negro
Pa' que no se fuera.

Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu a ye!
Babalu
Babalu
Babalu aye
Babalu aye
Babalu

As to how to learn it, once you can say "Babalu Aye" you've
got about half. If you were me, or I was you, I'd read through the words a few times, locate the ones that had problems with (either with pronounciation or with the scan) and study my recording till I could recite them smoothly.

Given that it is a conga, one thinks that it would be next necessary to acquire a conga drum and learn the basic beat, and then begin trying to fit the lyrics to the beat. Once you've got that, the world is your oyster.

I would be wary, as a performer, of using this as my first foray into Cuban territory. It lacks a strong melody (or much of a melody at all) and doesn't have a compelling lyric, so there is not a lot to work with, except the drum.