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COBA - In the Community
Photo of COBA dance students



COBA:CLASSROOM

Part of COBA's mission is to educate and inspire, passing wisdom along from elders to children in the spirit of Sankofa.

We provide educational resources that are compliant with current Ministry standards to help bring African and Caribbean indigenous dance and drumming to the classroom.

Bring COBA to the classroom by ordering one of our educational packages, which includes a teacher's guide, exercises, a CD of music from our Danse BelÉ production, and live a live dance and drumming show at Harboufront Centre; followed by an interactive discussion with the company. Learn more or order an educational package for your classroom.

The following video contains a class sing-a-long with recognized international vocal performers Susan Grogan and Roger Gibbs,
part of COBA's educator's package:




COBA Class Sing-A-Long at Harbourfront Centre with Susan Grogan and Roger Gibbs

Roger: ...response, some you will find in the Caribbean and of course in Africa. This one is a traditional [song] from Trinidad and Tobago.
Susan: Okay - I'm gonna sing, I'm gonna sing a line, and I just want you to say "tim-bam." Now we demonstrate.
Susan (Sings loudly): Do you know Mr. John Boulay?
Roger: Tim-bam.
Susan: That man from Martin's Bay.
Roger: Tim-bam.
Susan: Okay, you ready for that?
Crowd: Yes.
Susan: Okay, I can't hear you.
Roger: Tim-bam. 1, 2, 3...
Susan: 2, let me hear... Tim-bam.
Crowd: Tim-bam!
Roger: Tim-bam.
Susan: Louder than that.
Crowd: Tim-bam!
Susan (Louder): Tim-bam.
Crowd (Louder): Tim-bam!
Roger and Susan: Yes!
Roger: Tim-bam!

LYRICS (As sung by Susan Grogan and Roger Gibbs)

Do you know Mr. John Boulay - tim-bam
That man from Martin's Bay - tim-bam
He owe me a dollar bill - tim bam
He owe me fuh someting - tim-bam
He owe me fuh someting - tim-bam
You ever know me to trust before - tim-bam
You ever know me to rent before - tim-bam
He jump on de jackass back - tim-bam
Throw over he right foot - tim-bam
Throw over he left foot - tim-bam
He shake he head - rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam
He shake he back - rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam
He shake he waist - rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam

Eh, Rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga
Rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam
Rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga
Rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam

Ah say tim-bam, yeah

Dat man Mr. John Boulay - tim-bam
Dat man from Martin's Bay - tim-bam
He owe me one dollar bill - tim bam
He owe me fuh someting - tim-bam
He owe me fuh someting - tim-bam
You never see dat he run so quick - tim-bam
Till ah hit he wit a big fat stick - tim-bam
He jump on de jackass back - tim-bam
Throw over he right foot - tim-bam
Throw over he left foot - tim-bam
He shake he head - rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam
He shake he back - rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam
He shake he waist - rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam

Eh, Rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga
Rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam
Rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga-rigga
Rigga-rigga-rigga-tim-bam

Tim-bam, tim-bam