the world music repertoire

Bulgarian village band The songs that Chris teaches are drawn from harmony singing traditions around the world. He draws on a huge and varied world music repertoire from a wide range of cultures, as well as arrangements of popular English language songs.

This is a fairly exhaustive list of all the songs he has taught over the years (but doesn't include any pop songs!). Contact Chris if you want any more information about any of the songs. He should be able to point you in the right direction. Those songs which have asterisks by them have been arranged by Chris and you can listen to clips by clicking on the title before buying.

All songs are sung unaccompanied, in three or four part harmony, and usually in the language of the country of origin.

Chris also harmonises and arranges songs especially for workshops and choirs as well as writing his own material. Some of these songs are available to buy as sheet music or as recorded parts.

Many of the songs that Chris teaches have been recorded by some of the choirs that he has been involved with. You can buy choir CDs or order a selection of songs of your choice.


world music repertoire

The term world music is rather vague, but has come to mean the traditional (or folk or roots) music that is sung and played by indigenous people of a particular culture. Most of the songs in Chris's repertoire come from these traditions. Chris has arranged some of the songs on this list. Just click on the titles which have asterisks by them and you can hear snippets of the arrangments before you buy.


AFRICA (SOUTH)

Abasundu nabamhlope
Akanamandla
Amazing grace
(Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Amen siakudumisa
Asikhatali
Aweh (Somagwaza)
Ayamicasa
Baba mnu mzana
Babethandaza
Bayavuya
Bwana Tuhurume
Dithotonyana
Diya duma
Freedom is Coming
Hamba Lulu
Hamba Natil
Hambani gahle
Idonga za Jeriko
Isiley Som
Jikela emaweni hamba
Ke Arona
Khukude wema
Koloi ya Elija
Kwangena thina bo
Ladum iZulu
Lashong ilang
Mabawuyeke
Maria
Mbube*
Ndinani Na
Ndine siphonono
Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika
Noyana
Pata Pata
Puleng We
Rain! (Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
Senzenina*
Shosholoza*
Siyahamba
Skhanda Mayeza
Soyilwela
Thanda ummelwane
Tula
Tula Mama
Vuma*
Zulu women's beer song

AFRICA (OTHER)

Alunde (E. Africa)
Aluta continua (Angola)
Ama Ibu (Central African Pygmy)
Aye makomo (Zimbabwe)
Aye mojinumba (Nigeria)
Baba wambinguni (E. Africa)
Banaha (Congo)
Banuwa (Liberia)
Bele mama (W. Africa)*
Chaminuka (Zimbabwe)
Chiro chacha (Zimbabwe)
Dumbalay (N. Africa)
Emma (Angelique Kidko, Togo)
Eyele (Togo)
Farewell my friend
(Sierra Leone)
*
Halima pakashalo (Namibia)
He sengo weh (Congo)
Helele mama (Zimbabwe)
Ide were were (Yoruba)
Imaweni (Malawi)
Imela (Nigeria)
Ishe Olwa (Yoruba)
Ka tam ma wui (Gabon)
Kada kidi (Guinea)
Kakilambe (Guinea)
Kwaheri (Kenya)
Londolozela (Zimbabwe)
Ma Belle Sinkwanee (W. Africa?)*
Magobo (Zimbabwe)
Malaika (E. Africa)
Mama papa golo
(Angelique Kidjo/ Togo)
Minuit (Guinea)
Mojuba effe fe i ku (Yoruba)
Njabala (Uganda)
Obo sumi sa (Ghana)
Oremi jeka jo (Nigeria)
Salaleo (Gambia)
Sansa kroma (Ghana)
Souallé (W. Africa)
Tina singu (Lesotho)
Tue tue (Ghana)
Tuli tuli (Namibia)
Twende tuka (Tanzania)
Umwegitane
(Rwanda/ Helen Chadwick)
Vamudara (Zimbabwe)
Wai bamba (Zimbabwe)
Yami yami (Central Africa)
Yemaja (Yoruba)
Yena Weh
Zu arende (Zimbabwe)
Zungo (Nigeria)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Acappella makes the world go round
(Faith Watson & Jules Gibb)
Ain't gonna study war
(Roxane Smith)
Alleluya (Chris Rowbury)*
And a mountain
(Judy Grahn/ Ali Burns)
Bells of Norwich (Sydney Carter)
Challo Brown (shanty)
Coalblack smith (trad.)*
Cockles and Mussels (trad.)*
Everyone can sing
(Chris Rowbury)
*
For I am a maid that's deep in love (trad.)
Grey Funnel Line (Cyril Tawney)
Hail smiling morn
(Reginald Spofforth)
Hanging Johnny (shanty)*
Harvest Home
Here's a health to all good lasses (19th C glee)
Huweya (Sammy Hurden)
I wanna sing (Dee Jarlett)
I'll tell me ma (trad.)
I'm bound away (shanty)
It's autumn time
(Chris Rowbury)
*
Let's all welcome in the spring time (Chris Rowbury)*
Lowlands away (shanty)*
Mirie it is (trad.)
My eyes are opened
(Kirsty Martin)
Now the sun is rising up
(Sammy Hurden)
O Lord give us freedom
Of all the brave birds
(19th C glee)
Old Miner*
Oo let me sing (Jenny Goodman)
Peace, perfect peace
(Chrys Blanchard)
Rapid's Charm (Helen Chadwick)
Searching for lambs (trad.)*
Sing together (Val Rogers)
Stamford Bullards (trad.)*
Steel threads (Sarah Harman)
Sumer is icumen in (trad.)
Summer is here
(Chris Rowbury)
*
Thousands or more
(The Copper Family)
*
Unison in harmony
(Coope, Boyes & Simpson)
Van Diemen's land (trad.)
Wangari (Polly Bolton)
Water of Tyne (trad.)
Winter time is here
(Chris Rowbury)
*

EASTERN EUROPE

Adjon az isten (Hungary)
Agios o Theos (Russia)
Ajde Jano (Serbia)
Ambee Dagheets (Armenia)
Ani vodka ani rumos (Slovakia)
Crven fesic (Bosnia)
Dobru noc (Moravia)
Dosta dosta lično bre Stojne (Macedonia)
Dovidzenya (Poland)
Easter Alleluya (Russia)
Eh Kalina, eh Malina
(Russian gypsy)
*
Ej žito žela (Croatia)
Ergen deda (Bulgaria)
Gospodi (Russia)
Hamisha asar (Bosnia)
Ja Helo (Czech)*
Joc de Leagane (Romania)
Jovano Jovanke (Macedonia)
Kak po logu (Ukraine)
Kalinka (Russia)
Korobushka (Russia)
Kroz planine (Croatia)
Legnala Dana (Macedonia)
Malo ja, malo ti (Croatia)
Maliarka (Russia)
Maramica na Stazi (Croatia)
Mi go zatvorile (Macedonia)
More sokol pie (Bulgaria)
Niška banja (Serbia)
Njetsvoda (Jos Wuytack)
Nyne sily nebenyia (Russia)
O Kolo hradisča (Czech)
O Postaris (Czech gypsy)*
Oj Dobriču (Croatia)
Oj livado rosna travo (Serbia)
Oj Savice (Croatia)
Opšaj Diri (Croatia)
Oro se vie (Macedonia)
Ovdovjala lisičkata (Bulgaria)
Plovi Barko (Croatia)
Pokhvali sa dobar yunak (Bulgaria)
Polegala (Croatia)
Polegnala e Tudora (Bulgaria)
Rumena (Croatia)
Šano dušo (Serbia)
Sednalo e Jore dos (Bulgaria)
Severino (Bulgaria)
Sjajna svjezda (Bosnia)
Skait mameni (Latvia)*
Slavonska poskočica (Croatia)
Stolat (Poland)*
Štomi e Milo (Bulgaria)
Štomi e Milo (Macedonia)
Što me omilelo (Macedonia)
Tastor Mie (Macedonia?)
Tebe poem (Russia)
Teften kate (Bulgaria)
Todoro, Todorke (Bulgarian)
Trgnala Rumjana (Macedonia)
Ustat ću se rano ja (Croatia)
V zelenim haju (Ukraine)
Vissbija (Latvia)
Z anynya ö sziep lányát (Hungary)*

EUROPE (OTHER)

Addio a Lugano (Italy)*
Alle fugler (Norway)
Au jardin de la Reine (France)
Belle qui tient ma vie (France)
De los cuatro muleros (Spain)*
Dio vi salvi Regina (Corsica)
Dumane mi ne muntagnu (Corsica)
Era la vo (Sicily)*
Festa Ianuaria (France)
Hvem kån Segla (Norwegian)
Ma bela bimba (Italy)
Mun ja mun (Sami yoik)*
Nina, Nana (Spain)
O ley leya loyla (Sami yoik)
Plaisir d'amour (France)*
Syng du nattergal (Denmark)
Tango Corse (France)
Terzeni guagnesi (Corsica)
Tourdion (France)

GEORGIA

Batonebis simghera
Batonebo
Chela
Didavoi nana
Gazapkhuli
Gogo shavtala
Iavnana
Lile
Maspinzelo
Megruli Nana
Mravalžamier (6 different versions!)
Perxuli
Shen har venahi
Suliko
Tsintsqaro
Tsmindao gmerto
Tushuri
Varado

GOSPEL/ SPIRITUAL

Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around*
Ain't no grave a gonna hold my body down
All my trials
Amazing grace
Angels (one morning soon)
Balm in Gilead
Beulah Land
Come to the river
Down in the river to pray
Get away Jordan
Give me a clean Heart
Glory hallelujah (Nick Prater)
Goodnight, the Lord is coming
Gospel Ship
Gospel train's a-comin'
Hallelujah (he is here)
Heaven somewhere
Hush, hush, somebody's calling my name
I bid you Goodnight
I shall not be moved
I woke up this morning
In the morning
It's gonna rain*
Jacob's ladder (we are climbing)
Let your little light shine
Lord don't turn your child away
Lord make me more holy
My Lord what a mourning
No ways tired
Oh happy day
One of these fine mornings
Prodigal son
Remember me
Run Mary
Shine on me
Sing 'til the power of the lord come down
Sing 'til the spirit moves
Soon I will be done ...
Steal Away*
Streets of glory
Swing down chariot
Up above my head
Wade in the Water
Where shall I be?

IRELAND

Parting Glass*
Reconciliation (Ron Kavana)
Spancil Hill (trad.)
She moved through the fair (trad./ Padraic Colum)
Yenamanoa (mouth music)

JEWISH

Bim Bam
Haida
Hineh Ma Tov
Lo Yisa Goy
Ma gadlu (Rabbi Shefa Gold)
Shalom chaverim
Shalom l'kulam (Judith Silver)
Tseh le avoda
Tsena, tsena
Tumbai
Zum gali gali

MAORI/ PACIFIC

E hara (New Zealand)
E malama (Hawaii)
E papa waiari (New Zealand)*
E te ariki (New Zealand)
Epo i tai tai (New Zealand)
Haere mai (New Zealand)
He pele (Hawaii)
Heke hau (Hawaii)
Hine e hine (New Zealand)
Hoea ra te waka nei
(New Zealand)
Mate Aroha (New Zealand)
Pokarekare Ana (New Zealand)
Te Aroha (New Zealand)
Te arawa e (New Zealand)
Te oonu (Cook Islands)
Tongo (Polynesia)

SCOTLAND

Auld Lang Syne*
Dream Angus
Eriskay love lilt
Fhir a' bhata
Flower of Scotland
Hi ri'm bo
Ma plaid
Mary Mack's Mither/ Furrem be Meheen
Seal Woman's Song
Starka virna (Shetland)
Wild Mountain Thyme*

USA

Bright Morning Star (Shaker)*
Crawdad
Farther down the road
(Jane Voss)
Harriet Tubman
(Walter Robinson)
Harvest hymn (shape note)
Here is my home (Si Khan)
Hey Yana
(Native American Indian)
How can I keep from singing? (Robert Lowry)*
I wish I knew how it would feel to be free (Billy Taylor)
I'll fly away
(Albert E. Brumley)
*
I'm going home (shape note)
In the pines
In wisdom's lovely pleasant ways (Shaker)
Java jive
(Milton Drake & Ben Oakland)
*
Jean Harlow
(attr. Leadbelly/ arr. Pat Broderick)
Johanna the row-di (Georgia Sea Islands)*
Little bird, little bird*
Man of constant sorrow
Mariner's hymn
Neesa (Native American Indian)
New York girls (can't you dance the polka?)*
Parting Friends (shape note)*
Pick a bale o' cotton
Rain and snow*
Shenandoah*
Simple melody (Irving Berlin)
Sixteen tons (Merle Travis)
Sloop John B.
(trad. Bahamas)
*
Stormy weather
(Harold Arlen & Ted Koehler)
Sweet Prospect (shape note)
Take this hammer*
The thing that makes you beautiful (Jane Voss)
Wondrous Love (shape note)
Yonder come day
(Georgia sea islands)
You are my sunshine
(Oliver Hood)
*

WALES

Ar lan y môr*
Calon Lân
Hen Wlad fy Nhadau
(Land of my fathers)
*
Lisa lân*

MISCELLANEOUS

Ab omni malo (Helen Chadwick)
Adios mama (Cuba)
Asalaam alaikum (Turkey)
Banana boat song (Jamaica)*
Cancion Mixteca (Mexico)*
Cantai ao Senhor (Brazil)
Chiapanecas (Mexico)*
De Colores (Mexico)
El condor pasa (S. America)*
Feuilles-o (Haiti)*
Halle, Halle, Halle (Caribbean)
Heio (Taiwan)
Hotaru Koi (Japan)
Jack'u (S. America)
Janie Mama (Caribbean)
Kimbara (Cuba)*
Kojo no tsuki (Japan)*
Kyrie Guarany (Paraguay)
La Bamba (Mexico)
Mas que nada (Brazil)
Menousis (Greece)
Nesta rua (Brazil)
O so seo (Korea)
Party song (David Gunn/ Cuba)
Plant de letta (Jamaica)
Raghupathi raghava rajaram (India)*
Sakura, sakura (Japan)*
Shut de do', keep out de devil (Caribbean)
Suspira coração triste (Brazil)*
Tedumela (Brian Abrahams)
Tom Hark
(South Africa/ Herbert Farjeon)
Yut gung tin (China)

XMAS

A la nanita (Spain)
A szeleknek (Hungary)
Alilo (Georgia)
Angels from the realms of glory
Baloo lammy (Scotland)
Betelehemu (Nigeria)
Cherry tree carol (USA)
Christmas song (Copper family)
Coventry Carol
Cradle song
Da droben am Berge (Austria)*
Dragana i slaveja (Bulgaria)
Fum, fum, fum (Spain)
Gaudete
Lulajze Jezuniu (Poland)
Nesem vam noviny (Czech)
O come, O come Emmanuel*
Patapan (France)
Rise up shepherd (US)
Sans Day Carol
Stille Nacht (Germany)*
Wassail song (Polly Bolton)
While shepherds watched ...

ROUNDS

Ah, poor bird
As I mee walked (Renaissance England)
Autumn time
Ave Maria
Black Socks
Break 'em on down
Breakfast calypso (Jan Holdstock)
Bring it in
Calypso
Canon des scats (Pierre-Gérard Verny)
Cat meditating (Carol Prior)
Christmas is coming
Citrus song (Sue Harris)
Clear horizon (Jan Harmon)
Cock is crowing
Da pacem Domine (Melchior Franck)
Do be do (Jon Conway)
Dona nobis
Doo-ba swing
Down the river we go
Dwarf song
Earth belongs to all (John Warner)
Earth my body
Fa la la (Mozart)
Fly away home (from I'll fly away)
Gloria (Taizé)
Goethe round
Good Friend (Jan Harmon)
Happy birthday
Hebrew lullaby
Hey ho, to the Greenwood (William Byrd)
Hey, Mr. Miller
How lovely is the evening
Humming round I
Humming round II
Hymn for the Russian earth (Zuri Zaritsky &Eugene Friesen)
I and star (Candy Verney)
I like the mountains
If I had wings
If you can walk
Ig bom billy (N. Congo)
It's the wind (trad. France)
Jean Harlow (Pat Broderick)
Jubilate Deo
Kyrie
Lancashire Boy (Brian Kogler)
March (Stanley Messenger)
Music alone shall live
Nero's expedition up the Nile (Moondog)
Now I walk in beauty
Old Abram Brown (Benjamin Britten)
Oo la la ley
Pura mame
Quarry weave (Meredith Monk)
Raindrops falling (Faith Watson)
Reap as you sow (Chris Hoskins)
River it is flowing
Rose, Rose
Round and round
Sciatica
See the wind
Sellinginya
She died, she did
She is my rose (Hiltrud Allhoff)
Sing we merrily
Sleep, my baby, sleep (James Wild)
Stars (David Gunn)
Summer round
Terre Rouge (France)
Time to go
True Lover's Farewell
Tseh le avoda (Hebrew)
Up above the clouds (Chris Rowbury)*
Waves are coming in
Waters of Babylon
Weave and Mend (Canada)
What a weird bird (Peter Butler)
Why don't we ever sing songs in seven? (Jan Harmon)