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John L. Bell & Alison Adam (editors)

Global songs for children

A global tour in song! These global songs have been selected and edited by John Bell and Alison Adam, members of the Iona Community in Scotland. Both John and Alison have extensive experience teaching and singing world music with people of all ages.

These songs are accessible—many of them instantly singable—and they have been chosen for use with children in a wide variety of worship and classroom situations.

This handy collection is a valuable tool to help enlighten children to the ways of other cultures through the global language of music. Send the children home with these songs on their lips and soon the adults will want to sing along!

All 24 songs contained in this collection were recorded by Pro Musica, a children’s chorus from the Chicagoland area, under the direction of William Chin. This CD recording, which is also available, demonstrates a model for style and also provides enjoyable listening.

  • Note for N. American customers… as this book (& the CD) are published by GIA Publications (and we import it), it may be cheaper for you to get it direct from them! (not that we’d not take your order if you insist….)



64 pages

ISBN 9781579997366


Words and music for 24 songs from 23 countries; options for simple harmony, descants, and cantor parts; simplified accompaniments suitable for student players; indigenous languages, as well as English translations and pronunciation help; suggested topics for each song, indexed for quick reference; extensive notes containing thematic and worship suggestions.

(Alphabetical order by country of origin)
Bendice, Señor nuestro pan (God bless to us our bread)/ Argentina
Peace be with you (Na jijoho)/ Benin
Sarantañani (Let\’s walk together)/ Bolivia
Cantai ao Senhor (O sing to the Lord)/ Brazil
Now I know (Ey Iou nis)/ Cambodia
He came down/ Cameroon
Our God is a God who makes friends/ Canada
Halle, halle, halle/ Caribbean Islands
Mungu ni mwema (Know that God is good)/ Democratic Republic of the Congo
Jubilate, servite/ France
Aleluya/ Honduras
Jyothi dho Prabhu (Give us light)/ India
Come and sing the praise of the Lord (Hal\’luhu b\’zilz\’le shama)/ Israel
E toru nga mea (Believe in God\’s word)/ New Zealand/ Aotearoa
Wa wa wa emimimo (Come, O Holy Spirit)/ Nigeria
Khudaya, rahem kar (Have mercy on us, Lord)/ Pakistan
Hallelujah/ Palestine
Santo, santo, santo (Holy, holy, holy)/ Puerto Rico
Don’t be afraid/ Scotland
Amen siyakudumisa (Amen, we praise your name, O God)/ South Africa
Sizohamba naye (We will walk with God)/ Swaziland
God has made laughter/ United States
Over my head/ United States
Uyai mose (Come, all you people)/ Zimbabwe


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