Gambian Melody, Malagasy Clapping and the Family Band

Yesterday we learned “Awa Yombei,” a song from The Gambia in West Africa in which we fly around the room like ouf friend Awa Yombei. My kids and I love to perform “Awa Yombei” when we play concerts. Sometimes I keep the guitar and we all get up and dance, but at this performance, captured (roughly) on video at Wesley Enhanced Living Main Line just outside of Philadelphia, we lead the crowd in polyrhythmic hand clapping. Though this is a West African song, we pay homage to the Malagasy tradition of breaking into a song to lead a clapping crowd. Don’t worry about clapping “correctly” — we sure don’t.

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