Posted by: David French | January 31, 2016

Jamaica and the Panama Canal

COLON MAN A-COME
Folk Song from Jamaica

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Lyrics of Colon Man A-Come are printed in ‘Mango Walk, Jamaican Folk Songs and Games’ by Ouida Hylton-Tomlinson.

This light-hearted song tells about the Colon Man, returning home from Panama to Jamaica. He is much better off than when he left, as shown by the swagger of a watch chain and smart ‘zoot suit’.

  • Recording details: made around 1984 using a battery cassette tape recorder. Cubase was used (2016) to enhance the audio.
  • Venue and session: ILEA music centre; ‘Caribbean Songs’ in service training for Inner London teachers – mainly English accents!

Please also listen to the version by Cedella Booker Marley (youtube) for that essential Jamaican vibe.

 

 GWINE TO DE BIG JOB

 

“The religious sentiment is strong upon them and as the sun goes down in the waste of waters the wail of hymn tunes sung to the accompaniment of a fiddle and divers mouth organs rises over the whistle of the wind and the rumble of the machinery………..

……..and when their service is ended the United States government is obligated to return them to Jamaica where for a time their money will make them the idols of the markets, lanes and yards.” Willis J. Abbot is writing about the boat journey from from Jamaica to Colon, Panama. He also refers to the earthquake of 1907, Kingston, Jamaica.

Abbot W.L. (1913) Page 22, Panama and the Canal in Pictures and Prose, Syndicate Publishing Company. Internet Archive: archive.org

 

Colon – Bolivar Street

Section of photo 120217 from Postcardmen website

The song has a cheerful and comical feel. In reality though, life for the Colon Man was very tough. Colon was the port of disembarkation for thousands of Jamaican labourers who went to work on the Panama Canal. Risks to life and health included poor living conditions, venomous snakes, dynamite blasts in mountains, drowning in swamps, mud slides in rainy season, railroad accidents, exhaustion and tropical diseases.

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Panama Canal 1914 – 2014 Slideshare, guimera, August 2014.
Posted by: David French | December 12, 2015

Play Guitar in Class

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The PLAY GUITAR resources have been tested with whole classes sharing one guitar between two students.  They are intended to be fun and smartboard friendly.

LEARN THE GUITAR

The basics for beginners with 1) parts of the guitar 2) proper guitar handling 3) notes on the guitar 4) guitar chords

TUNE MY GUITAR

Simple to use tool for tuning the six strings.

EL CONDOR PASA

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Famous song from Peru “Oh Condor mighty owner of the sky, take me home, Inca home…” with lyrics derived from La República of Peru, 2004. This version is very useful for learning chords Em, G and C.

TUM BALALAIKA

Presentation includes guitar chord charts for Am, Dm and E.

WHEN LOVE IS KIND – PLAYALONG

Chord charts provided for G, D, D7, Em, Am

NEW WORLD FOR GUITARS

This backing track is simplified and adapted from New World Symphony no. 9 by A. Dvořák.  Do not expect this to sound like the original piece since it is provided for the revision of easy beginner chords C and G, full chords E, Am, Dm.

Students should follow the link to Listening Adventure for a graphic score that follows the entire four movements of Dvořák’s masterpiece.

MEXICAN MIX

Strum easy guitar chords C, G and G7 and full chord D7 with the Mexican Hat Dance and La Cucaracha.

SKYE BOAT SONG

3 versions with the following features:

  • adapted harmonies

  • triple and quadruple time signatures

  • links to Education Scotland for recordings with background information about Culloden.

Posted by: David French | December 8, 2015

Jingle Bells: guitar and karaoke xmas

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Jingle Bells is just one of many Tanbur Education free songs for the teaching of beginner guitar chords in the music classroom. These fun resources are intended to be smartboard friendly, and have been tested with whole classes sharing one guitar between two students.

Beginner guitarists find the key of G major fairly easy. Guitar chord charts feature full chords D, G, Em, A7 and E; the scrolling smiley face bounces in sync with the chords while another section of the screen presents the chorus and verses of the lyrics.

Did you find this resource useful? Please leave a comment!

Technical: For most PCs Adobe flash player will need to be installed. If the platform is Android, you will need to use a flash enabling browser such as Puffin.

Posted by: David French | June 15, 2014

ORCHESTRA FEATURE VIDEOS 2013 – 14

Here are details of latest updates to the orchestra feature, with videos streaming from BBC Proms 2013, Cité de La Musique and TED. Youtube videos are not featured because most students in schools will find these blocked by the educational filter.

MOZART PIANO CONCERTO
The extract is performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Paul Lewis (piano).
Conductor – Daniel Harding
TOM AND JERRY
A clip from Scott Bradley’s Tom and Jerry at MGM, with the John Wilson Orchestra
MOZART – SYMPHONY 35
The final section of Mozart’s Symphony no 35.
Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor – Antonio Pappano
BEETHOVEN’S 5TH
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Excerpt from the first movement of Symphony no. 5 in C Minor
Conductor – Donald Runnicles
BEETHOVEN’S 9TH
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (excerpt)
Conductor – Vasily Petrenko
BERLIOZ SYMPHONY FANTASTIQUE
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France
Hector Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique (extract)
Conductor – Shi-Yeon Sung
THEME FROM DOCTOR WHO
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who
BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir.
Conductor – Ben Foster
TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO
Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 Pyotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky (extract)
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France
Violin – Julia Fischer
Conductor – Vasily Petrenko
EL SISTEMA
The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra
Young musicians from the El Sistema music program of Venezuela
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement
Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2
Conductor – Gustavo Dudamel

Posted by: David French | March 27, 2013

Yellow Bird – Folk Song

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga aestiva) in Ontario, Canada. The copyright holder is Geoff Clarke.The image appears on his website from the section featuring Canadian birds.

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga aestiva) in Ontario, Canada. The copyright holder is Geoff Clarke.
The image appears on his website from the section featuring Canadian birds.

Is this style of music calypso, folk, mento or mérengue? Does it originate from Trinidad, Haiti, Jamaica, Latin America or the United States?

Is the yellow warbler native to Costa Rica? Does it belong to Wisconsin, USA or Ontario, Canada? The answer is that the bird flies from place to place and will be known by different names!

The song Yellow Bird has flown around many parts of the world! In the Caribbean island of Haiti it appeared in the late nineteenth century as a poem and a folk song about the beautiful lady known as “Choucoune”. The language is French and the music is mérengue. Following the Calypso Craze of the 1950’s many versions in English began to appear. As Val Serrant reminds us, ‘Trinidad is the land of Calypso’.

Listen to this recent version by the Jamaican born musician Dereck Rose. Visit the Foxyart website  to discover 49 arrangements or original songs songs by Rose, including 18 REGGAE, 3 FOLK, 5 ACOUSTIC, 6 POP, 1 EXPERIMENTAL, 3 EASY LISTENING, 3 CLASSICAL and 10 GOSPEL. Yellow Bird appears in the FOLK category of Foxyart, together with lyrics and a listening track.

The important thing is that, in common with other songs by Dereck Rose, Yellow Bird is inspirational! The young students in my music classroom enjoy singing and performing their own versions. I hope you will also enjoy this song!

Posted by: David French | March 17, 2013

Jazz, blues, orchestra, songs and quiz

BACKWATER BLUES QUIZ
A famous blues song with questions for homework.

JAZZ QUIZ
Fairly advanced listening questions about jazz.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO
Adele – Daydreamer

ORCHESTRA FEATURE
A London Symphony (extract) by R.V. Williams.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO
Lilies. Performed by Natasha Khan, Bat for Lashes. The opening track with autoharp accompaniment, from the album The Haunted Man.

3 BLIND MICE JAZZ
Easy level composition ideas.

ORCHESTRA FEATURE
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony no. 1 in F Minor Op.10; Symphony no. 2 in B Major Op.14; Piano Concerto no. 2 in F Major Op.102; Symphony no. 15 in A Major Op.141; Sergei Rachmaninoff: Prelude in G Minor Op.23 no. 5

Posted by: David French | December 31, 2012

Tanbur Music Links for 2013

THE JOURNEY
Beginning with the passage of slaves from Africa to America and the Caribbean, this introduction from Gullah Music details the evolution of musical styles from the drumming of West Africa, through to work songs, spirituals, blues, jazz, country, rock ‘n roll, hip hop, rap and reggae. Students requiring more detailed audio with notes should follow the link through to Jazz in Time from Artsedge and African American Music from Carnegie Hall.
GOT THE BLUES
Learn the AAB structure for a traditional 12 bar blues, write your lyrics and perform.
SHAKE ‘EM
“Una gwine duh gramma? Yessumma’am!
Una gwine duh taak some sweetbread? Yessumma’am!
Well sweetbread be good? Yessumma’am!
Oh good o’ sweetbread
Shake em shake em
Oh good o’ sweetbread
Shake em shake em”
Gullah Music song resource.
FEATURE SONG
Soul II Soul – Keep On Movin’
 ORCHESTRA FEATURE
Arrangement for Orchestra by Leopold Stowkowski.
JOLLY BOYS
Mento music from Jamaica.
PROMS QUIZ
Have some fun with this advanced music quiz. 
FEATURE SONG VIDEO
Jason Mraz performs with percussionist Mona Tavakoli.
AFRICAN DRUMBEAT
Learn how to play rhythms from Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali & Guinea.
ORCHESTRA FEATURE
Includes pieces by Weber, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz and Schumann.
THE DIGITAL BACH PROJECT
Multimedia extravaganza for two masterpieces by J.S. Bach.
AURAL TESTS
Listening examples featuring cadences and mode.
BEETHOVEN’S 5TH
Video extract featuring Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
THE ORCHESTRA
Video clip for early years, kindergarten, primary learning.
ELEMENTS OF MUSIC
Features short listening clips that are ideal for the KS2 Music Curriculum.
FEATURE SONG VIDEO
K’Naan “Waving Flag”
SMITHSONIAN JAZZ
Listening challenge featuring 25 clips from the Smithsonian Jazz Anthology.
JASMINE FLOWER SONG
“Come to my hand, little jasmine flower”. Students can easily learn the popular Chinese song ‘Mo Li Hua’ by following the scrolling lyrics with English translation.
MY LOVE IS ON THE HIGH SEAS
Julie Fowlis, Eamon Doorley and Duncan Chisholm.
ELLIE MANNETTE
The origins and development of the steel pans.
MOZART CONCERT
Piano Concerto in F Major & Symphony no 40 in G Minor
ORCHESTRA FEATURE
Turntable performance by DJ Switch
DUKE ELLINGTON
The Dilliard Jazz Ensemble “Make it Swing”.
ORCHESTRA FEATURE
An unusual venue for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Beethoven’s ninth.
THEME AND VARIATIONS
Explains the structure with listening examples included.
Posted by: David French | November 29, 2011

Where did this blog go?

This wobbly went to weebly.

Interactive Music Internet

Posted by: David French | October 30, 2011

Orchestra

Here are some of the latest additions for study of ‘The Orchestra’:

DUKE ELLINGTON

Duke Ellington and his orchestra perform Satin Doll. 

EXTRACT FROM RAVEL PIANO CONCERTO IN G MAJOR

The orchestral video for November 2011 features the French pianist David Fray with L’ Orchestre de Paris, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Interactive guide to Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece.  This resource from McCraw Hill can be used in conjunction with the one from Animated Science – see ‘Orchestra 1’ on the Listen 1 page.  

LISTEN BY INSTRUMENT

Learn about the instruments of the orchestra and listen to their sounds.

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Posted by: David French | October 17, 2011

Songs with scrolling lyrics

The British Council - Connecting Classrooms 'Umoja' - 'Togetherness'. The flags of Scotland and Tanzania on display in Tanzanian classroom.

Songs with scrolling lyrics are a feature of TANBUR MUSIC EDUCATION LINKS. You can discover several that are unique to the website, together with related links.

NATIONAL ANTHEM OF TANZANIA

A scrolling lyrics presentation in Swahili, with English translation.

BBC SONGS FOR EARLY YEARS

A variety of songs for young children, with animation and scrolling lyrics, selected from the BBC.

BBC CLIP SELECTIONS

A variety of song projects, performances and tutorials featuring Jimmy Cliff, a cappella singing, traditional songs from Sierra Leone, Nigeria, South Africa, Jamaica and Hip Hop artist Akala.

QUAND JE VAIS À L’ÉCOLE

Learn your French vocabulary the fun way, with lyrics on screen!

Do you have a good quality song recording that could be displayed with scrolling lyrics on TANBUR SONGS? Please leave a message, but note that songs with copyright controls cannot be included.

 

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