Sunday, July 4, 2010

Tula Baba

Looking up all these African folk songs reminded me of one of my favourite  childhood lullabys, Tula Baba. The Zulu mothers use this song to help their crying babies to relax and then sleep.



This recording: Music from Ipi Tombi the Movie. © Copyright Swann Records.
The lyrics with English translation:

Tula Tu Tula baba Tula sana
Tul'umam 'uzobuya ekuseni

Tula Tu Tula baba Tula sana
Tul'umam 'uzobuya ekuseni
(be silent baby keep silent
mama will be back in the morning).

Hush my baby close your eyes
Time to fly to paradise
Till the sunlight brings
you home
You must dream
your dreams alone

Tula Tu Tula baba Tula sana
Tul'umam 'uzobuya ekuseni

Tula Tu Tula baba Tula sana
Tul'umam 'uzobuya ekuseni
(be silent baby keep silent
mama will be back in the morning).

Hush my baby go to sleep
I'll be with you counting sheep
Dreams will take you far away
Sleep until the break of day

Tula Tu Tula baba Tula sana
Tul'umam 'uzobuya ekuseni
(be silent baby keep silent
mama will be back in the morning).

Dudududududud ...

1 comment:

avelino_erika said...

Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful lullaby with lyrics. I am a member of the Arts Council Choir of a small country town in Queensland, Australia and we are searching for SATB sheet music of African Folk Songs such as Ipi Tombi for our repertoire. You wouldn't be able to assist us with this?? We would really appreciate any assistance/suggestions. My e-mail address is: avelino_erika@hotmail.com
Thank you
Erika De Nobrega