Where the creatures roam
Accompaniment and song - how does music help us to imagine?
Watch the following short video overview by the composer, Tracy Burjan discussing Where the creatures roam:
Watch the following short video overview of the teaching points:
Listen and follow the animated score:
Listen to the full performance:
Listen to the backing track with spoken text:
Listen to the backing track without spoken text:
This song is about mythical creatures such as the Ninki Nanka, Yumbo and Tikoleshe that are native to different parts of Africa, just like the Bunyip is to Australia and the Loch Ness Monster is to Scotland.
The mythical creatures
A Ninki Nanka is a legendary creature in West African folklore. Descriptions of the creature vary, but most contend that the animal is reptilian and possibly dragon-like. According to tradition, the Ninki Nanka lives in the swamps of West Africa. The animal is said to be extremely large and very dangerous.
Yumboes are a kind of fairy in the mythology of the Wolof people on Goree Island in Senegal, West Africa. They are two feet in height, a pearly white colour and have silver hair. The Yumboes live beneath the Paps Hills and come out to dance in the Moonlight.
In Zulu mythology, Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili is a dwarf-like water sprite. It is considered a mischievous and evil spirit that can become invisible by drinking water. Tokoloshes are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others. At its least harmful, a tokoloshe can be used to scare children, but its power extends to causing illness and even death upon the victim.
The instruments featured include a:
The caxixi is a percussion instrument that originated in Africa. It is an enclosed basket with a flat-bottom filled with seeds or other similar beads or pellets. Like a maracas, the caxixi is shaken.
The mbira is a percussion instrument also commonly known as the African thumb piano. It is made of wood with small metal keys that are plucked.
The kwela is an African penny whistle that is frequently found in African jazz and street music.
This resource and associated activities is available in Word format for you to download and print: