Africa

"Vulani Ringi Ring: A Circle Dance from Africa"

 

Author: Aliza Brown

Grade Level: Early Elementary

Objectives:

Students will participate in a popular song game of the Zulu People.

Materials Needed:

CD player, CD: Gift of the Tortoise- Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Map or Globe

Procedures:

I. While the class is entering the room have the Gift of the Tortoise CD playing. As the students enter, ask them if they know what kind of music is playing.-
Ask the class if anyone has heard this music before.

Discuss where the music is from.

Show the students on a map that it is from South Africa.

Explain how music is a part of their culture, ceremonies, and dances.

II. Teach the class "Vulani Ringi Ring" a dance/song that children in South Africa enjoy. Play the song on the CD. As it plays Ladysmith Black Mambazo speaks and explains how the game is played and you can hear the children in the background. After listening to the song once, teach the children the words to the song.

Vulani ringi ring

Vulani ring you boys and girls

(repeat 2x's)

You are my great big friend

I'll take your hand

And dance in a ring with you

(repeat 2x's)

Vulani ringi ring

Vulani ring you boys and girls

(repeat 2x's)

You are my great big friend

I'll take your hand

And dance in a ring with you

(repeat until end of song)

III. After the class is familiar with the words
1. Have the class stand in a circle holding hands.

2. Select one child to stand in the middle.

3. When the children sing the words "great big friend" the child in the middle grabs a partner from the circle.

4. They dance around the middle of the circle and the song goes faster and faster.-

(While children are singing with the CD, Ladysmith Black Mambazo narrates to help the children remember what to do.)

IV. Discuss how this type of activity could relate to songs and dances that we do (e.g., Ring around the Rosies).

 

Evaluation:

Observe participation of the students as they do the "Vulani Ringi Ring" song/dance.

 

Extension:

-On the CD there are various excellent songs to teach concepts.

-One song talks about the Apartheid (see information in Background information) and how the children sang the song when their fathers came home.

-There is also an excellent song that helps with counting and makes it fun!

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

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