Baiskeli

Gwyneth collected the original version of this song whilst in Mombasa, Kenya. There, the children she worked with made bicycles and this was a song they had created based around their pride in their work. As with a lot of Swahili, if there isn’t a word available, you make up a new one based on the sound. In this case, it is a song about bikes and you’ll hear lots of appropriate sounds to match!

Vocal difficulty: 5 of 5
Accompaniment difficulty: 1 of 5
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These songs are great for Key Stage Three. There is something for everyone from vocal percussion, unison singing, 2–4-part rounds and 2-part harmony singing, we hope you enjoy!

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Advice from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Emily Barden and Charles MacDougall on how to count and keep a steady pulse.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Emily Barden share their top tips on how to include dynamics into your singing.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassador Charlotte Brosnan shares some performance skills tips.

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Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charlotte Brosnan and Dominic Ellis-Peckham demonstrate some techniques to help with singing high notes.

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Advice on breathing and airflow technique from Friday Afternoons Ambassadors Charles MacDougall and Tom Appleton.

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Song Credits

Music by
Gwyneth Herbert

Words by
Trad.

Performance track:
Jubilee Opera Chorus
Conductor: Dominic Peckham
Accompanist: Nathan Williamson