Marais and Miranda

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jul 8 00:32:17 UTC 2009

At 7/7/2009 02:28 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:
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>On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Jonathan Lighter
><wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:
> > Zulu pidgin for "I'm a little teapot...."
> >
>Dammit, you got me a-searchin'! Mudcat Cafe, of course. This is the song I
>learned from Marais & Miranda recordings.

I had the pleasure of hearing it sung by Marais and Miranda.  (In
NYC, although I no longer remember what venue.)

ditto folkie.

>*Subject:* Lyr Add: ZULU WARRIOR (from Marais and Miranda)
>*From: <>*
>*Date:* 26 Jan 07 - 05:08 PM
>Gee, this whole long thread and no Marais & Miranda lyrics.
>Marais and Miranda
>March tempo
>I-kama zimba zimba zayo
>I-kama zimba zimba zee,
>I-kama zimba zimba zayo,
>I-kama zimba, zimba,
>See him there, the Zulu warrior,
>See him there, the Zulu chief, chief, chief
>See him there, the Zulu warrior,
>See him there, the Zulu chief, chief, chief, chief
>I-kama zimba, I-kama zimba
>Zikama zimba layo zee,...
>Wah! chief, chief, chief, chief!
>Optional second voice:
>I-kamazimba zimba zayo
>I-kama zimba zimba zee
>I-kama zimba zimba zayo
>I-kama zimba zimba zee,
>and etc.
>With score. Marais and Miranda, Folk Song Jamboree, pp. 62-64, Ballantine
>Books pb.
>Note- "AFRIKAANS ORIGIN. During the so-called Kafir War, the British
>soldiers sang "Hold him down the Swazi warrior." I substituted Zulu as being
>a more familiar name, and brighter "nonsense" words than I used to hear as a
>child. This is NOT a native chant, but rather an imitation of the type of
>chanting heard by the settlers. I would call it a pickniekliedjie, a picnic
>song. During World War II, American GI's sang it in conjunction with South
>African troops in North Africa." Marais.
>Bert, way up above, seems to have some of the older words Marais is talking
>Words and music by Josef Marais, copyright 1946 and 1952 by Dartmouth Music,
>m a m
>50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s folkie (and 90s and 00s filker)
>The American Dialect Society -

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