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Aralea Dance Around the World
Music favorites from around the wold mixed with today’s beats. Guaranteed to get you out of your seat. Traditional folk tunes infused with soul, pop and electronic hip hop flavor. Perfect for parties, clubs, celebrations, dance and fitness classes, background music for videos, websites and pure listening pleasure. Album tracks can be purchased at CDbaby, Itunes, Amazon or where ever you purchase your music.
These most loved tunes from across the globe have been played, danced to and sung for generations. This music has pulsed through the veins and been etched into the souls and psyches of the diverse cultures that created them. We have incorporated some of the instruments and elements typically found in the music of each culture.
Our album notes provide a little history and background of the music. Tunes travel, exact origins can be difficult to pinpoint. Multiple cultures may lay claim or have a strong tradition with the same tune.
Some lyrical information is included for this mainly instrumental album. This album is featured in our “Aralea Dance Around the World” exercise video for kids and video for adults. Bonus Tracks include “Bollywood Style” line dance and “Kung Fu Sifu” hip hop rap.
Bollywood Style is a club remix of our “Snake Charmer, Belly Dance Song” track. This tune has been attributed to a number of places of origin including the Punjab, India region. Bollywood is a part of India’s greater Hindi cinema. India became the largest producer of film in the world during the 1970s. The “Bollywood Style” song and a choreographed Bollywood style line dance were created in appreciation of the many hours spent mesmerized by the spectacular beauty of Bollywood films, despite not understanding a single word. Choreography for the “Bollywood Style” line dance can be found at www.aralea.com and on Youtube.
Kung Fu Sifu (Mo Li Hua) – China This is a hip hop, rap remix of Mo Li Hua. It is a dialogue between a student and teacher about life, philosophy and the true meaning of “Kung Fu”. Cricket vocals are included reflecting the Chinese practice of selecting and breeding singing and fighting crickets. Lyrics by Shawna Lattimore, Ph. D. Lyrics provided below.
Dark Eyes (“Ochi Chyornye”) Russia’s most famous romance song began as a waltz composed by German Florian Herrmann. The melody was set to a passionate poem written by Ukrainian Yevhen Hrebink, first published 1843. The lyrics tell of a man’s feverish desire for a hypnotic woman with dark, burning eyes. Considered a Gypsy romance by many, the song is a jazz standard covered by many artists from around the world and featured in numerous soundtracks. We’ve added a touch of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.
The Sailor’s Hornpipe (Popeye Song) – UK This traditional melody is also known as “The College Hornpipe” and “Jack’s the Lad”. Hornpipes are music and dances performed in England, Ireland and Scotland since the 16th century. Ship jigs provided crew fun and physical activity and didn’t require partnering or much space. The Sailor’s Hornpipe steps imitated the life and nautical duties of sailors such as hauling rope, climbing, rowing and saluting.
Yankee Doodle, Native American Homage – USA Yankee Doodle was a tune known to many people and cultures across Europe in the Middle Ages. British soldiers sang insult lyrics to this tune to the rebelling American colonists during the Revolutionary war. Americans changed the lyrics and embraced it as a patriotic anthem. Native American homage was composed in acknowledgment and honor of the First Nation peoples that originally populated the USA.
Sansa Kroma – Ghana, Africa There are many versions and arrangements of this folk song from Ghana. Sung in the Akan language, the song tells of an orphaned hawk or falcon who snatches up chicks. The song often accompanies a seated, circle game. Children tap and pass a rock or other object in a specific beat pattern. Clapping and changing of the rhythmic pattern may also be part of the game.
Hava Nagila (“Let Us Rejoice”) is an Israeli folk song frequently sung at Jewish celebrations. The melody is based on an old, Hasidic musical prayer. Lyrics were composed in Hebrew about 1915. The horah is a joyful circle dance performed to “Hava Nagila”. The horah is frequently danced at Jewish weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs. Raising the honorees and family members in a chair during the dance is part of the tradition.
Mo Li Hua (“Jasmine Flowers”) with crickets. This Chinese tune is from the 18th century Qing Dynasty. There are a number of regional variations of the song with different lyrics and melodies. Widely popular, this song has been used as an anthem and frequently played at ceremonies. Since early antiquity, the Chinese have kept crickets as pets in order to enjoy their “songs”. We have included cricket singing in our version of “Mo Li Hua”.
Tarantella Napoletana (“Italian Wedding Song”) is perhaps the most famous of Italy’s folk tunes. The Italian province of Taranto spawned a number of dances and music called “tarantella”. The bite of a common tarantula type spider found in the region was said to cause a hysterical condition that could be cured by playing fast, upbeat music and dancing wildly for long exhausting periods. There are other courtship music and dances from the region also called “tarantella”.
Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) is a traditional Jamaican mento folk tune, although it is often categorized as calypso. This song has numerous versions and lyrics and may have originated during the rise of the Jamaican banana trade occurring during the late 1860s through the 1930s. Day-O expresses the banana boat workers’ desire to have the fruit tallied after working through the night. It is daylight and the crew wants to go home. The song features the African “call and response” tradition as well as other other African elements that have heavily influenced Afro-Caribbean music. The most well known version of Day-O was released by the entertainer, humanitarian and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte in 1956.
Mexican Hat Dance (“El Jarabe Tapatio”) is a traditional song in the mariachi music genre. There are a number of songs and dances called jarabe appearing in Mexico during the late 1700s. The most famous domestically and internationally is the “El Jarabe Tapatio”. This spicy courtship dance was banned after being deemed by Spanish religious and colonial authorities as immoral and a threat to their socio-political control. The dance became even more popular and was illegally and publicly performed in rebellion and for pure enjoyment. Dancing around a sombrero (type of wide brimmed hat) is part of the Meixican Hat Dance.
Snake Charmer, Belly Dance Song‘s melody can be found in countless songs, movies, cartoons and films. The origins of this tune have been linked to North Africa, the Middle East, France, USA and other regions. The great Punjabi folk singer Narinder Biba recorded this song as “Gidha Pao Kudiyo” (“Giddha Pao Kuriyo”) and is considered an old Punjabi folk song by some. Giddha reflects an old Punjabi dance tradition with roots in ancient ring dances. It is a highly energetic folk dance mainly performed by women wearing eye-catching dresses and jewelry. Rhythmic hand clapping, drums, pots and bells enliven the performances even more. Giddha is performed at weddings and other celebrations, accompanied by boliyan singing. Boliyan are folk poetry verses passed down through the generations.
Clarinet Polka was composed at the end of the 19th century. The composer was either Austrian or Polish depending upon the source. Polka is a lively folk dance and music genre that began in the Czech Republic. It is said that in the early 1830s a peasant girl from Bohemia created the dance. Polka rose in popularity among peasants and nobles alike across Europe. “Polkamania” was said to have overtaken Paris. It spread globally generating numerous regional styles. Polka is the only dance created in the 19th century that still retains widespread popularity. The word polka may relate to the Czech word “pulka” meaning “half”. Polka music is 2/4 half-tempo and the dance has a half-jump step.
Aloha ‘Oe (“Farewell to Thee”) was composed by the last reigning monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Queen Liliʻuokalani in 1878. She studied music at an early age and wrote over 160 poetic songs and chants. Aloha ‘Oe is perhaps Queen Lili’uokalani’s most cherished and the most famous Hawaiian song worldwide. Inspired by actual events, the song tells of a sweet embrace and tender farewell of two lovers.
Kung Fu Sifu (Mo Li Hua) lyrics:
Lyrics by Shawna Lattimore, Ph.D.
Vocals by Leavon “Stridah Von” Sweet
Sifu, humbly I come to you
I wanna know what’s right, wanna know what’s true?
With respect, on my knees. utmost humility
Seeking knowledge, understanding,
Give me guidance please
Teach me the wisdom of Ages
Enlightenment in all of its wondrous stages
So Sifu, help me so I can see, all there is that I can be
Go slowly Student, you must be patient
Enlightenment is what you seek to represent
Many paths to explore and follow
Drink from the spring, savor every taste and swallow
Make glorious what once was hollow.
No need in darkness to wade and wallow.
Your inner chi, divine energy
Align body, mind and spirit is the key to mastery
Peace, love, compassion radiating
Buddha, awakened, enlightened, meditating
Eight fold path of righteousness
Lotus flower, ultimate success
The Tao, natural flow of the Universe
Yin-Yang, harmonic principles first
“The Way”, cosmological energies
Balance, humanity, nature, divinity
Student, Kung Fu is just Confucius in motion,
He taught the Golden Rule, make your work your devotion
Writings and words as vast and deep as the ocean
Human life is sacred, a fundamental notion
“With a single step, a thousand mile journey starts”
“Kung Fu” applies to more than just martial arts
Kung Fu means merit, achievement, training, skill
Discipline, hard work, your goals and dreams fulfilled
For the answers to your questions, go deep within
Pure intentions, open mind is the place to begin
Pathways are as numerous as the stars that light the sky
You determine your journey of what, where,when and why
Use your power and your might to align yourself with right,
Reach heights, make peace and love your salvation
You possess the Force, the Universal Source
Be a Kung Fu master of Light and Elevation
We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the love and support from family and friends and all of our blessings, lessons and opportunities. A very special thanks to Leavon “Stridah Von” Sweet for all of his musical support.