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"Kum Ba Yah"
       



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Introducing the dotted quarter/sixteenth rhythm and syncopation with the eighth/dotted quarter.

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Description
 
  • Grade: First

  • Origin: Traditional African Song - round/canon

  • Key: D Major

  • Time: 3/4

  • Form: ABAC

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri ta ti ti | ta/a ta |
    | ta ta/ ti ti |

  • Pitches: intermediate: Do Re Mi Fa So La (adding the 4th (Fa) to the pentatonic scale)

  • Intervals: beginners: Do/Mi, Mi/So, So\Do, Mi\Do (mastering tonic intervals)

  • Musical Elements: notes: dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; pickup beat, syncopation, singing in parts, round/canon

  • Key Words: "Kum Ba Yah" means "Come By Hear," sacred, Lord, singing, civil rights song, non-violent protest song

 
 


"Kum Ba Yah"


       
   
1.
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my lord, Kum ba yah.
O, Lord, Kum ba yah!
       
   
2.
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord, Kum ba yah!
O, Lord, Kum ba yah!
       

 

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