Flash Activity: What is a Traditional Song from Your Culture?

Post or embed a traditional song from your culture and tell us what elements of the song remind you of your culture.

The other night, we were fortunate to see Musical Exchange’s Celso Duarte perform with the legendary Lila Downs on the Carnegie Hall stage. She performed the traditional Mexican Huapango song “Cucurrucucú paloma,” which immediately transported the audience to the mountains of Mexico … and received a standing ovation.

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Comment by Fanny Lora on November 28, 2014 at 5:54pm

A traditional song from my culture is "Por Amor" by Rafael Solano a Dominican composer. Enjoy!


Comment by Chema Rodríguez on November 24, 2011 at 11:42pm

'Cielito Lindo', the mexican song for excellence. We all mexicans love this song. Even in soccer stadiums, you can hear all the crowd singing this song. It's amazing.

What do you think about it? Does it make you thing of any place in Mexico?

That's the effect it causes on me..


Comment by Yasmin de Soiza on November 23, 2011 at 12:45pm

'Que Bonita Bandera' (What a lovely flag) is a song that I sing every year during New York City's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade. The song is of importance for many Puerto Ricans because at one point during history, waving the Puerto Rican flag was not allowed, and this song, performed in the folkloric plena style, provided an opportunity for many Puerto Ricans to express, through song, the honor and joy for their country.


Comment by Hesty Wulandari on November 22, 2011 at 7:08am

This is our traditional song from Indonesia especially from Sundanese. It is called Manuk Dadali. This song talks about the name of the bird Dadali who has a beautiful voice and live freely in the woods. Unfortunately the videos is not containing the picture of Dadali Bird. But you can hear the music and the song. Overall, this song tells us the beauty of the nature and beautiful voice can make go around the world freely. :)

Comment by Jonathon Hampton on November 18, 2011 at 11:12am

Traditional African-American spirituals are soulful songs about the trials and triumphs of my ancestors from slavery through the civil rights movement in the U.S. They're songs of inspiration, tribulation, faith, sorrow, and salvation. This is one performed by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a college choir, and one of the oldest and few purveyors of this folk music.


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