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Kwanzaa

Postby maylee » Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:28 pm

I'm looking for some easy songs and dulcimer tablature to celebrate the holiday, Kwanzaa. Does anyone know of any tunes?
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Re: Kwanzaa

Postby dholeton » Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:42 am

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From what I have been able to find, it appears Kwanzaa originated around 1966. There are songs written specifically for Kwanzaa but it appears most of those songs might be still in copyright status. Kwanzaa appears to have many good intentions but it also appears to not have a lot of Christian or Biblical references, so I might be crossing some boundaries with suggesting some tunes arranged for dulcimers. Some of the African-American spirituals of old might be suitable and there are probably arrangements available for dulcimers for many of the old spirituals.

Do any of these songs sound appropriate?

Golden Slippers
Let Me Fly
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Go Down Moses (Let My People Go)
Give Me That Old Time Religion
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Had
Kum Ba Yah (Come By Here)
We Are Climbing Jacobs Ladder
Roll Jordan Roll

Attached are urls to two sites that have lists and lyrics to some of the old spirituals and most of the songs (if not all) are in the Public Domain. If you identify a given song that you deem suitable, we can probably find an arrangement somewhere.

Dave

http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/negro-spirituals/

http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/ref/collection/fa-spnc/id/16482
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