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COBA - Repertoire
Photo of COBA performing 'Danse Bele'



COBA:Repertoire


Many songs in the African tradition were passed along orally through generations and mixed with various cultures (namely French and Spanish) through slavery and colonization. As a result, these lyrics are spelled phonetically in the present day.


Belle Kongo
0:43 - Short Clip


Lyrics

Belé drum ah rolling,
Belé drum ah rolling gyal
Ah vieux gangan gyal yuh na hear
de belé drum ah roll

Belé drum ah rolling
Belé drum ah rolling gyal
Ah vieux gangan gyal yuh na hear
de belé drum ah roll

Roll, roll, roll, roll, roll
Belé drum ah rolling gyal
Ah vieux gangan gyal yuh na hear
de belé drum ah roll
Belé drum ah rolling
Belé drum ah rolling gyal
Ah vieux gangan gyal yuh na hear
de belé drum ah roll

Ka Rele
0:43 - Short clip


Lyrics

Yah wé yah wé Yah wé yah wé colo joh, sambégo way elé, Sambégo way elé, Sambégo way elé, sambe go way elé, Olu rebe Baba Rigba, Olu rebe Baba Rigba Olu rebe Baba Rigba coho Olu rebe Baba Rigba

Lavwe
0:34 - Short clip


Lyrics

Eh Milette oh Dance Belé
Eh Milette oh Dance Belé
Eh Milette oh Dance Belé
Eh Milette oh Dance Belé
Eh Milette oh Dance Belé
Eh Milette you could dance de Belé gyal
Eh Milette oh Dance Belé
COBA ensemble re-enacting the life of Miriam Makeba through song and dance in Maa Keeba


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