Universal Language, The
From Plank Road Publishingby Teresa Jennings
This exciting and upbeat tune celebrates music as the universal language. It has an underlying world beat pulse alternating with a syncopated rock current under the choruses.
Two vocal parts are indicated, one spoken and one sung. The spoken part simply lists many different countries. Use the ones from the music or ask your students for their own ancestral countries of origin. Except for the spoken countries, the song is sung in unison and easy to learn.
The recording features instruments from all around the world, including bagpipes, congas, udu, didjeridu, Irish drum, kalimba, rainstick, sordu, cuica, and a variety of ethnic percussion instruments, as well as our usual outstanding complement of brass, woodwinds, strings, rhythm section, and synthesizers. Let your students listen to the instrumental version to see how many different instruments (and their countries of origin) they can identify. (from Music K-8, Vol. 8, No. 3)
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